A Private Society
for discerning Luxury Hoteliers by invitation only
Dear Friends & Colleagues
Looking back more than a decade now, when we first started HoteliersGuild as “The Exclusive Global Society of Discerning Hoteliers who embrace the Principles of Deeper&Sustainable Luxury...", we did this with the kind assistance of just a few obliging ‘Ambassadors’, fellow hoteliers who shared our foresight and embraced our philosophy. Today, with an impressive global membership and the active help of our dedicated supporting partners, we still stand firm to our policy of not admitting applicants. We are not just a listing site, and we definitely do not solicit membership. Affiliation may be obtained only by personal nomination and subsequent invitation through an Ambassador or Trustee, followed by the approval of our Board of Directors and an introductory courtesy visit by a designated board member. HoteliersGuild’s guiding philosophy is that excellence is not an aspiration, but an ongoing commitment to sustainability and and eco-luxury in all the respective aspects of modern hotel-keeping.
Warm personal regards, Frank M. Pfaller Founder President
A private and independent society of active Luxury Hoteliers, created with the aim of bringing the hospitality industryâ€™s best & brightest to a round table of ideas in a highly personalized, strictly c o n f i d e n t i a l , d i re c t a n d f r i e n d l y collaboration. Our mission is simple and can be explained in a few words: To connect our community; to instigate an exchange of ideas and to encourage personal friendships. We are a forum of debate and exchange. We inspire a fruitful collaboration and create innovative business opportunities for our HoteliersGuild members in todays volatile luxury market segment to which we are so deeply attached.
HoteliersGuild is the ultimate membership community for those at or aspiring to the pinnacle of the hospitality industry. When we first started it more than a decade ago as “The global association of discerning hoteliers, a closed, private and strictly confidential web-tool, utilized by active, professional hoteliers for their families and their respective properties, as a means to initiate, implement and guide social interaction and creativity among members…”, we did this with the kind assistance of a few willing founder members and ‘Ambassadors’, international colleagues who shared our foresight and who embraced our philosophy. Today, with an impressive global membership and the active help of most distinguished supporting partners from our industry, ‘Special Trustees’ for ‘Branding & Marketing’, ‘Global Luxury Hotel Investment’, ‘Branded Hotel Networking’, we still stand firm to our policy of not admitting ‘applicants’: Overwhelmed by the initial response from friends and colleagues from our industry subsequent to its introduction, we are now greatly stimulated by the fact that HoteliersGuild has gathered momentum with presently well above eighty member hoteliers world-wide. However, it is very important to understand that we are not just a listing site, that we definitely do not solicit membership, and affiliation of fellow hoteliers may be obtained only by personal nomination and subsequent invitation through an Ambassador or Trustee, followed by the approval of our Board of Directors. This also takes advantage of the various tools which are so kindly on offer to you by WorldGuide, our supporting web-platform which puts an array of additional communications, marketing & PR tools as well as other interesting guest services at the fingertips of our membership. However, members are not to be worried regarding an additional workload: It is entirely up to them how deeply they wish to get involved, but due to their own standing in our industry, we expect an inspiring and constructive exchange of ideas and intellectual contributions to our cause. In simple terms: The ‘duties’ of a Member are really defined by how much one is prepared to contribute and as a result, receive back from our colleagues! And finally, it is also important to understand the truly ‘independent & private character’ of HoteliersGuild, which is aimed towards the individual hotelier and not toward the group or chain he or she may be associated with.
terms & benefits
HoteliersGuild is a Private Society, a League-of-its-Own, with affiliations limited to an elite of the most established luxury hoteliers from around the globe. Members will abide by the Rules & Regulations set out in a Code of Conduct Members have pledged to cherish the classic hospitality tradition of excellence in quality standards and to deliver superior guest services. Membership admission by nomination from existing members and subsequent invitation from the Board of Advisors only HoteliersGuild provides a strictly private & confidential personal communication system. Member hoteliers extend ‘Complimentary Courtesy Stays’ of 2 nights to fellow members upon their request (upon availability) who will subsequently provide their professional feedback in the form of a “Confidential Inspection Report to them. Fellow hoteliers are offered a minimum of 50% industry discount on lowest available rate plus upgrade to suite, transfer etc. for their family vacation when staying at a member hotel. When available, a ‘preferential rate’ for food & beverages will be offered. HoteliersGuild members may nominate colleagues for affiliation.
Sol Kerzner - former President of TheOne&Only Hotels & Resorts Raymond N. Bickson - former CEO, Taj Hotel Resorts & Palaces The Honorable Sir Rocco Forte - Chairman, Rocco Forte Hotels Geoffrey A. Gelardi - former Managing Director - The Lanesborough & Vice President of Operations - St Regis Hotels and Resorts Dieter R. Klostermann - Chairman & CEO, Palmerston Hotels & Resorts, UK
Sonu Shivdasani - Chairman, Soneva Hotels & Spas; Founder Six Senses Jaume Tapies, President - former Relais & Chateaux John & Gail Ueberroth - Chairman/Chief Marketing Officer, Preferred Hotel Group, USA Hans Wiedemann - Managing Director, Badrutt's Palace Hotel, Switzerland
ambassadors & Trustees
Joseph W Y Chong, Area Vice President and Managing Director, The Peninsula Hong Kong & The Peninsula Shanghai Francis Mallmann, Celebrity Chef/Hotelier, Garzon, Uruguai Emanuel Berger - Former Delegate to the Board of Directors The Victoria-JungfrauCollection, Switzerland Filip J.M. Boyen - CEO, Forbes Travel Guide Frank Marrenbach - CEO, Oetker Collection, Germany Bill Bensley - President, Bensley Collection, Bangkok Ronen Nissenbaum - President & CEO, Dan Hotels Ezio Indiani, General Manager, Grand Hotel Principe di Savoia, Italy Francois Delahaye - COO, Dorchester Collection, Plaza AthĂŠnĂŠe, France Jan Brucker, General Manager, Hotel Widder, Zurich Duncan Palmer - Managing Director at Marco Polo Hotel Group, Xavier Lablaude, General Manager, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Walter C. Neumann - Managing Director, AZIMUT Hotels, Europe Alexander Pichel - General Manager, Kempinski Hotels, Indonesia Lindsay Ueberroth - President, Preferred Hotel Group, USA Henrik Muehle - Managing Director, Flemings Mayfair, London Abid Butt - CEO, DREAM Hotels & Resorts Daniele Vastolo - General Manager, Chiva Som, Doha Ricardo Arranz de Miguel - Owner | Operator, Villa Padierna Hotels & Resorts, Marbella,Spain
Florian Werner, Managing Director, Arlberg Hospiz Hotel, Austria Gianni van Daalen, President, Palmerston Hotels & Resorts, UK Bernhard Bohnenberger, CEO, Six Senses Resorts & Spas Gregg Anderson, Global Vice President, The Registry Collection
Supporting Partners & Special Trustees
Matteo Thun - Matteo Thun & Partners, Milano, Italy Michael Mein - Partner & Executive Director, SeventhArt Group, U.S.A.
Peter Knipp - CEO, Peter Knipp Holdings Pte. Ltd., Singapore
Mark Greedy - CEO, Elite Resorts of Asia Pacific, Singapore
Prof. Dr. Burkhard von Freyberg, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Munich, Germany
Onno Portier, Founder Rembrandt Management; former CEO Peninsula
Tim Tse, President - The House of Roosevelt, Shanghai, China
Mary Gostelow - Editor-at-Large, KIWI Collection
Heinz Hunkeler, General Manager, Kulm Hotel, Pontresina
Natalie Seiler Hayez, General Manager, The Connaught, London
Sokoun Chanpreda, Owner/Operator, HMD Asia Hotels & Resorts, Thailand
Jason Friedman, COO, HMD Asia Hotels & Resorts, Thailand
Sinan Yilmaz, General Manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Manila
Gerhard Mitrovits, General Manager Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Moscow
Michael Smithuis, General Manager Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Switzerland
Eric Favre, President, Le Richemond, Geneve
Tim Weiland, General Manager, The Alpina, Gstaad
Attilio Marro, General Manager, Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, Milano
Henk Meyknecht, Chief Operating Officer Middle East & Africa - Kempinski Hotels
Thomas Brugnatelli, General Manager, The American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem
Gregg Anderson, COO, The Registry Collection
Hansjoerg Meier, General Manager, The Setai, Miami
Frank Beck, Managing Director, St. Regis, Singapore
Anthony Costa, Regional Vice President and Managing Director Burj al Arab
Sue Williams, General Manager, Whatley Manor, UK
Nicolas Anghelopoulos, General Manager, Grand Hills Village, Beirut
Adrian Rudin, General Manager, NUO Hotel, Beijing,
Thierry Douin, Vice President, General & Area Manager, Shangri-La, Bangkok
Lucienne Anhar, Owner/Operator, Tugu Hotels, Indonesia
Franka Holtman, General Manager, Le Meurice, Paris
Paolo Lorenzini, General Manager, Gritti Palace, Venice
Samuel Porreca, General Manager, J.K. Place, Roma
Yanping Xi, CEO Igo Hotel & Wine International
Pierre Jochem, General Manager, Hotel La Mamounia Marrakech Morocco
Andrew Hirst, Operations Director Asia, Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group
Omer Acar, Corporate Director Asset Management, Katara Hospitality - Paris
Henning Fries, General Manager, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
Marco Montagnani, General Manager, Chateau Monfort, Milan
Danilo Zucchetti, General Manager, Villa D’Este, Lago di Como, Italy
Jean-Luc Naret, CEO, La Réserve Hotels and Spas
Samuel Porreca, General Manager, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Lago di Como,Italy
Valeriano Antonioli, CEO, Lungarno Collection - Hotels Retreat Villas, Italy
Elmar Greif, Managing Owner, Greif Hospitality Assocites
Beatrice Zarges , Owner / CEO Thurnher’s Alpenhof, Austria
Eric Favre, President,Le Richemond , Switzerland
Christophe Chauvin, General Manager, BYBLOS, St. Tropez
Laurent Branover, General Manager, Palais Namaskar, Morocco
Urs & Yasmin Grimm, General Managers, Schloss Ellmau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Ingo Peters, General Manager, Fairmont Hotel Vierjahreszeiten, Hamburg
Nir Peretz, Owner/Operator, Hanging Gardens, Ubud
Pauline Tew, Owner/Operator, MyHotel, Australia
Ronald Akili, PotatoHeadFamily - Owner/Operator, Katmama Hotel, Bali
Alfredo Pellas, Owner/Operator, Nekupe Nature Retreat, Nicaragua
Christopher E. Stafford, COO, 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, Bangkok
Vivien Hong Lin - CEO Club Gold, China
Ewald Biemans, Owner/Operator, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts, Aruba
John Blanco, General Manager, The Nam Hai, Viet Nam
Thies Sponholz, Managing Director, Hotel The Fontenay Hamburg, Germany
Yngvar Stray, General Manager, The St. Regis Beijing, China
Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, General Manager, The Anam, Cam Ranh, Vietnam
Steve Halliday, Managing Director, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver
Stefan Bollhalder, General Manager, Park Hyatt Niseko and Residences, Hanazono
INAUGURATION at Palacio Linares The official ceremony by from left to right: Filip Boyen, CEO,Small Luxury Hotels; Princess Bhargavi Mewar from The House of Mewar, Executive Director of HRH Hotels; Frank M. Pfaller, President HoteliersGuild Hall of Fame and Ece Vahapoglu.
and the exclusive private event by from left to right: Frank M. Pfaller; Miguel Briones Artacho – Subdelegado del Gobierno; Ricardo Arranz, President of Villa Padierna Hotels; Isabel Borrego Cortes, Secretaria de Estado de Turismo; Margarita del Cid, Presidenta Mancomunidad Elias Bendodo , Presidente Diputación Málaga
Dear Friends & Colleagues, Warm greetings from HoteliersGuildâ€™s Member Services.
In 2018, we
shall further concentrate on our professional relationship with independent owners and operators of private luxury hotels & retreats.
a deeper understanding of all you can get out of your membership with HoteliersGuild. It is very important to us that you have
So without further ado, let us point your attention to our
SENIOR HOTELIERS INITIATIVE that offers
certain pro-bono services to independent colleagues and provide you a few more tips to take full advantage of your HoteliersGuild membership. Please also note that you are welcome to
introductions to hoteliers who may be interested to join our private society. And for your
we may also consider favorables grants for non-members information,
upon availability of one or more of our Senior Hoteliers partners! Do contact us, and weâ€™d be happy to answer any questions you may have! And, of course, we are happy to assist members with our private executive search and staff exchange programs in place with international member hoteliers. Thanks for your attention and I look forward to hear back from you!
THANK YOU! Member hoteliers for their generous donations! All financial proceeds will go to the
Regine Sixt Foundation â€œDrying Little Tearsâ€?
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Matteo Thun was born in Bolzano, Italy, studied at the Salzburg Academy under Oskar Kokoschka, took his degree in architecture in Florence in 1975 with Adolfo Natalini and moved to Milan in 1978, where he met and started working with Ettore Sottsass. In 1981. He was a co-founder of the Memphis group, the design movement that so shaped events in the eighties. Matteo Thun stands for long lasting solutions with holistic approach. Architecture means designing the soul of the place. This implies an aesthetic, economic and technological sustainability. It means to create a synthesis of the existing, the purpose and the area. The solution is different, each time. Product design must reflect the soul of the brand. It is architecture of simple, pure and beautiful gestures to serve a daily life that goes well beyond our present life. His Buergentock Healthy Living concept as seen above,is immersed in the biosphere created by the forest and gently stepping down the slope thanks to its terraced shape, the hotel overlooks Lake Lucerne and offers panoramic views on the mountain scape. The use of local stone and the façade’s wooden lattice structure, which is reminiscent of local Walser architecture, seamlessly integrate the architectural complex into the wild. The use of lake water (to cool technical equipment and for wastewater uses), the “green” roofs for temperature regulation and the room’s southern exposure ensure a high level of energy efficiency.
â€œEco-Friendliness is intrinsic of a design aware of the craftsmanship and of the materials easily available. These aspects create emotional attachment and generate the ideal value of objects, transforming them into timeless pieces.â€?
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The exclusive and fully independent private society of discerning luxury hoteliers who embrace the principles of sustainable luxury and resp...
Published on May 15, 2019
The exclusive and fully independent private society of discerning luxury hoteliers who embrace the principles of sustainable luxury and resp...