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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 Hôtelière de Lausanne and later received a Diplôme de Chef d'Entreprise de la Société Suisse des Hôteliers. 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 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.