At The Leading Hotels of the World 2010 Annual Convention
LONDON (December 7, 2010) – The Leading Hotels of the World hosted one of its most important global gatherings, the Annual Convention, at Tokyo’s iconic 120-year-old Imperial Hotel from November 18 to 21. In attendance were proprietors, managing directors, general managers, and sales and marketing executives from the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas.
The Leading Hotels of the World president and chief executive officer, Ted Teng, assessed the year thus far for its hotel members,
“We continue to focus on our core business – improving quality and increasing revenue to our hotel members. As a result of our efforts we generated 15% more in room revenue compared to last year, in spite of reducing our hotel inventory by 4%.”
Mr. Teng marked a major milestone when he unveiled the company’s first new logo since the organisation’
“I was thrilled with the feedback I’ve received from our delegates who told me they felt our Convention left them feeling ‘revitalised’
New Chairman Announced
A pivotal moment of the Convention came as the chairmanship of the organization passed from Jean-Jacques Gauer, who had been at the helm since 1990, to Andrea Kracht, vice chairman and proprietor of the legendary Baur au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland.
“It has certainly been an honour, a privilege and the most illuminating experience to work with so many talented hoteliers, our members – but also a very humbling experience to serve you as chairman,” said Mr. Gauer who is also the general manager of Lausanne Palace & Spa.
During his tenure as chairman of Leading Hotels, Jean-Jaques Gauer secured the company’s position as the premier representation solution for independent luxury hotels and opened offices in emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Asia, building a unique luxury presence in the global hospitality industry.
The new chairman, Mr. Kracht, continues a Leading Hotels tradition; he is the scion of a family of renowned independent hoteliers, whose properties have become icons and defining examples of the finest in the art of hotel-keeping. Perhaps Mr. Kracht put it best when he said,
“The real value and driver of this company is the quality of its members and the dedicated employees who support our hotels. We have had an ambitious business plan to drive more revenue to our members. This plan does not rely on an overall increase in the number of member hotels, but in the quality of our portfolio – even if this means losing some properties that do not make the mark.”
The Convention also focused on independent luxury hospitality, introducing representatives from Leading Hotels whose stewardship has passed through the hands of no fewer than three generations of the same family. As Mr. Kracht said,
“This is more than a company; it is a shared heritage.”
Among the attendees were Tonino Cacace of Capri Palace Hotel & Spa; Guido Fiorentino of Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria; Carmela Camera Gambardella of Hotel Santa Caterina; Michael Geisel of Hotel Konigshof; Elisabeth Gürtler of Hotel Sacher Wien; Innegrit Volkhardt of Bayerischer Hof; Andrea Kracht of Baur au Lac; Antonio Sersale from Le Sirenuse; Ernst and Andrea Scherz of the Gstaad Palace; Gianfanco Morgano from Grand Hotel Quisisana.
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About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing over 430 of the world’s finest hotels, resorts and spas. Its mission is to curate and champion an exclusive collection of independent properties, including grand palaces, city hideaways, luxury tent enclaves and expansive self-contained resorts. Established in 1928 by a group of influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, it started with 38 initial members. Honouring this tradition, the company recognizes the strength and appeal of each hotel lies in its distinctiveness, innovation and relationship to its destination. Its loyal customers demand levels of quality they have come to expect of the brand, while seeking authentic and enriching travel experiences. To be considered for inclusion, a hotel must adhere to strict quality standards and master the art of extraordinary hospitality. Leading Hotels are bound together in excellence, yet are unique in character.
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