Have you ever heard of the hotel chain Hotels & Preference? 150 hotels and 20 destinations? Cyril Vaussard, a Vatel in Paris alumnus, class of 1991, co-founded it in 2000 and will answer our questions today.
What is your current position?
I’m the General Manager and Co-Founder of the hotel chain Hotels & Preference in Paris. H&P is mainly made up of four and five-star hotels in over twenty different destinations. The diversity of our member hotels is one of Hotels & Preference’s main strengths. This is a response to expectations of our customers who appreciate luxury hotels that have a cozy, friendly and intimate atmosphere. Each hotel must comply with high quality standards, whatever type of hotel it is.
After having obtained my technical high school diploma in Hotel Management in Le Touquet, in the north of France, I wanted to go to Paris and continue my higher education in the hospitality field.
What do you remember the most about when you attended Vatel? A story to tell?
I’ve got lots of good memories of Vatel: very dynamic professors, colorful Carnival celebrations, strong friendships with my classmates with whom I’m still in touch.
Could you tell us about something that was done or said while you were attending Vatel (either in your theoretical and practical courses or during an internship) that still influences you today in your professional life?
Our Math, Statistics & Probabilities course was early on Friday mornings, at 8:30. So you could easily imagine that this would be a bad memory, as Thursday evenings were generally students’ nights out. Could you believe it if I told you that we were all there on time and waiting for the course to start because the professor was simply extraordinary?
What have you done since you graduated? What opportunities have you had?
After graduating from Vatel and finishing my military service (true), I was hired as the Management Auditor in Frontenac Group which owns four four-star hotels near the Champs Elysees in Paris: the Splendid Etoile, the Rochester, the Franklin Roosevelt and the Chateau Fronenac Hotel. I did this job for four years and then was hired as Regional Manager for the Maeva / Pierre & Vacances group.
In 2000, I co-founded Hotels & Preference with Yannick Gavelle, a Vatelien from the same class. In 2005, I opened my first office in the USA working with Jerome Serot, who is also a Vatelien, and I also launched the Preference Gift Cards and Packages.
We soon opened offices in Milan, Barcelona, London, Helsinki, Stockholm, Moscow and Hong Kong.
Serving others is a priceless quality in the hospitality industry, but not just there. Students with a degree in hotel management are attractive to employers: their qualities make them champions in all types of professions.Read more
French TV Show 66 Minutes on M6 came to Los Angeles to interview SieraRead more
Online magazine Le Petit Journal, writes a great article about Vatel Alumni Serguei Aver, now General Manager at Petrossian NYC, house of the best caviar in the world.Read more
The 26th Eurhodip conference took place in Istanbul from October 16 though 20th, with the theme “Together, let’s build bridges.” Roughly a hundred participants from 25 countries and 35 schools attended this event.Read more
From Human Resources Director Nancy Kupka, about Vatel internsRead more
With schools throughout the world, nearly four decades of development, the art of hospitality raised to its highest level... And at the heart of the curriculum that made the group’s world recognition: the professors, heralds of Vatel pedagogy.Read more
Senior F&B Instructor at Vatel Bangkok, Isabelle Ferchaud is also the Vatel application restaurant Manager.Read more
Each year our Group School directors, getting together for the Vatel International Convention, use today’s experiences to continue to invent tomorrow’s schools for our future hospitality professionals.Read more
Vatel cultivates the qualities required to be a good professional in the hospitality industry: being fluent in foreign languages, knowing how to work with other cultures... Hoteliers are attracted by Vatel students’ resumes, as Vateliens can tell us.Read more
François Perraud feels both a hotelier and a financial controller, an expertise that he likes to pass on to Vatel students.Read more
Jeremie de Fombelle has always loved resorts and has seen many of them, before coming to Mauritius. And this is where he really fell in love! But economic competition is stiff. How can you stand out, if not by the quality of your management?Read more
A professor of marketing, corporate promotion and negotiation, Sophie Lot loves adult education and teaches at Vatel Switzerland.Read more
Thanatat Boonpeng: a young Vatel graduate at Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok.Read more
Every day, Vatel students and instructors prepare for class, study, and fan the flames of their curiosity, thanks to the cutting-edge digital library provided by the ScholarVox platform. Come right this way for digital access to knowledge!Read more
An MBA specializing in ecotourism opens in Madagascar. This island has all it takes to materialize this demanding approach of responsible and innovative tourism.Read more
New ideas, enthusiasm, the desire to embrace a gourmet universe: Jerome Ferrer’s story has all the ingredients that inspire the best “success stories” to strategy professors!Read more
The hospitality and tourism industries are particularly concerned by sustainable development. And what if Vatel alumni played a key part in this transition towards more environmentally friendly hotel management?Read more
Travel broadens the mind, as the old saying goes. It also leads to unconventional restaurants. Let’s meet two Vateliens who founded Le Kaya Restaurant in Tignes.Read more
Besides having a Bachelor or an MBA Vatel, what does being a Vatelien mean?Read more
Throughout their entire careers, Vatel alumni remain in touch with their schools. This is also true for Kevin Tessieux, who has never forgotten that he was also once a student, and who now shares this knowledge with students today.Read more
Chahrazade Baroudi, a Vatelien since 2013, describes her job as Marketing and Communication Manager in IDAM, Alain Ducasse’s restaurant on the top floor of the Doha Museum of Islamic Art, in Qatar.Read more
Future hospitality professionals, welcome to Vatel’s 100% management simulation serious game! For an entire week and on three continents, MBA students met the challenge of managing a 4-star hotel and a resort in the Indian Ocean. The winners are...Read more
Who is Gaelle Garnier, the new manager of the network of 35,000 Vatel alumni throughout the world? Let’s meet a Vatelien who works with Vateliens!Read more
The 25th Eurhodip conference, which Vatel took part in, took place in Croatia. Targeting responsible tourism, this conference allowed participants to have more information on opening higher education courses in the field of sustainable development.Read more
Designed to address the needs of the global hospitality industry, the Marco Polo program strengthens the international profile Vatel students have and has just received the prestigious Best Innovation in an Educational Program Award.Read more
Graduated in 2011, Alexis Bouche began his career in England. Six years later, he returned to France and is now the Sales Manager of the 5-star hotel, Villa Maïa.Read more
Nearly 40 years old, and now 50 campuses in 32 different countries: Vatel Group opened its first school in Paris and is continuing to grow and duplicate its innovative educational concept in schools abroad.Read more
Trained at Vatel Nimes ten years ago, Chloe Wu has a brilliant career in China. She no longer works in the hospitality industry, but has not forgotten her passion of hospitality and service...Read more
The Vatel International Research Center in Hotel and Tourism Managementhas just published the 10th edition of its Journal, which targets research and reflections on changes taking place in the hospitality and tourism industries.Read more
Curiosity, humility, team spirit... A Vatelien shares his commitment to values his school transmitted to him.
The same international spirit that students have Vatel and 4 students in nursing undertake a humanitarian project in Madagascar.Read more
A traveler - salesman - ambassador, Marco Polo introduced Asia, at that time nearly unknown, to Europe. This inspirational fate has given its name to Vatel’s international exchange program, where students can study at another Vatel campus for a year.Read more
The most senior representatives in the international hospitality industry give Vatel the Best School Hospitality Award. An entire profession thus acclaims them.Read more
Learning the skills needed to be a manager, quick employability, international careers... Vatel, the passport that gets you hired. See the video.Read more