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Mr. Creytens

Johan Creytens

Owner & General Manager, Hotel Heritage, a Relais & Chateaux Property

Johan Creytens is the General Manager and Owner of the boutique luxury Hotel Heritage, a Relais & Chateaux property located in the heart of the charming city of Bruges, in Belgium. Mr. Creytens and his wife, Isabelle, purchased the hotel in 1992, and renovated the historic 1800's mansion into the award winning 24-room hotel it is today. Mr. Creytens studied Architectural design with many years of experience as a project manager of Hotel projects. His skills were further fine-tuned with several marketing and management courses. He still wanted more and finally made his own hotel project. It became a state of the art renovation of a beautiful mansion house in Bruges into a boutique hotel. His hotel management skills were updated at the Cornell University with a post-graduate degree in Hotel Marketing.

Mr. Creytens can be contacted at +32 50 444 444 or johan.creytens@hotel-heritage.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.