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Mr. Pasdeloup

Sylvain Pasdeloup

General Manager, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort

As Hotel Manager of Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort since its opening in 2013, Sylvain Pasdeloup took the reigns as General Manager on May 1st 2015, carrying on with the duties of overseeing the operations of this luxury five-star resort. He happens to be the youngest hotelier ever to be appointed to this most prestigious helm position at an international five-star resort, at the mere age of 33. The French-born hotelier's long stint comprises Sofitel worldwide, which includes the opening of two Sofitel properties in India and his current post in Bali, Indonesia, and which has allowed him to demonstrate his strategic capability in ensuring effective change outcomes and having valuable experiences in a diverse range of markets. Mr. Pasdeloup has developed a strong ability to work with stakeholders of all kinds, from employees, to property owners and suppliers. Mr. Pasdeloup graduated from Lycee Hotelier of Occitanie, Toulouse, France in 2001, and achieved an MBA in International Hospitality Management (AACSB-EQUIS accredited), graduating from ESSEC - ESSEC Business School in 2005. He speaks fluent native French, English, advanced Spanish and intermediate Bahasa Indonesia. He is also an Australian permanent resident. Mr. Pasdeloup's previous tenures include the Sofitel Gold Coast in November 2007 as Director of Food and Beverage, and a similar position from 2008 to 2010 at the Sofitel Brisbane Central. He then moved to Asia to take up position at Sofitel Mumbai Bandra Kurla, Accor's first and flagship property in India, as Executive Assistant Manager, overseeing the pre-opening and management of the 302-rooms resort.

Please visit http://www.sofitel.com for more information.

Mr. Pasdeloup can be contacted at 62-361-849-2888 or sylvain.pasdeloup@sofitel.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.