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Mr. Favre

Eric Favre

Managing Director, The Alpina Gstaad

Eric Favre, a distinguished hotelier with 30 years of experience at luxury properties in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, is the Managing Director of The Alpina Gstaad, the first luxury hotel to open in the Swiss Alpine resort in 100 years. He was appointed to the position on October 1, 2013. Prior to joining The Alpina Gstaad, Mr. Favre was General Manager of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski in Africa. He spent ten years as General Manager of Le Mirador Kempinski in Le Mont Pelerin, Switzerland. From 1996 to 1999, he served as Director of the Hotel Management School Les Roches in Bluche, Crans Montana. Mr. Favre has held executive positions in such revered hotels as The Oriental in Bangkok and Al Khozama in Riyadh, a Leading Hotel of the World. A native of the Canton of Vaud, Mr. Favre graduated from the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne and later received a Diplome de Chef d'Entreprise de la Societe Suisse des Hoteliers. In 1998, Mr. Favre was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Training and Development from IMC in London. He speaks French, English and German. To stay in shape, Mr. Favre enjoys long distance running and has competed in seven marathons. On August 9, he plans to participate in the Glacier 3000 Run that begins in the village of Gstaad and climbs almost 6,400 feet to the Glacier and back. Mr. Favre will run the first - and most difficult - 13 miles.

Mr. Favre can be contacted at 41-033-888-9888 or efavre@thealpinagstaad.ch

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.