TAK­ING A HIKE

VA­LERIE VAYSSIERE, DI­REC­TOR OF SALES & MAR­KET­ING, FAIR­MONT DUBAI, IS ON THE SPOT…

HotelNews Middle East - - On The Spot -

What's the best thing about your job?

What I like best about my job is that my pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­ity in­volves in­ter­act­ing with clients from all over the world but also in­ter­act­ing with em­ploy­ees on dif­fer­ent lev­els of the ho­tel, across all func­tional ar­eas, cre­at­ing the sense of fam­ily feel around our work­place.

What made you choose this role?

Firstly and fore­most the Fair­mont brand it­self – it’s such a world renowned and pres­ti­gious hos­pi­tal­ity com­pany to work for, with a rich his­tory dat­ing back to 1906. More­over, I was also keen to be­come part of such a young and dy­namic fam­ily that is Fair­mont Dubai’s lead­er­ship team.

What do you do when you're not work­ing?

In to­day’s fast-paced world of hos­pi­tal­ity, hoteliers don’t get much leisure time, but when I do have time away from the ho­tel, I en­joy hik­ing and try to prac­tice it as much as the lo­cal cli­mate per­mits.

What's the best bit of advice you've ever re­ceived in the work­place?

“When there is a will, there is a way”.

Where do you see your­self in five years?

I have al­ways been fas­ci­nated about the cul­ture and stun­ning na­ture in Asia and small trop­i­cal is­lands in South­east Asia. I see my­self work­ing at a small bou­tique ho­tel as a ho­tel man­ager in one of these emerg­ing des­ti­na­tions bear­ing the Fair­mont brand.

Tell us some­thing that none of your col­leagues know about you?

I’ve re­cently joined the Fair­mont Dubai team, so they have yet to ex­pe­ri­ence my pas­sion for cook­ing and host­ing.

If you could stay in any ho­tel in the world right now, where would you go?

There are so many fan­tas­tic ho­tels around the world, but there’s noth­ing com­pa­ra­ble to stay­ing at the Fair­mont Chateau Lake Louise in Canada. That iconic ho­tel, sur­rounded by soar­ing moun­tain peaks and an emer­ald­colour lake, is my go-to des­ti­na­tion.

Can you tell us why you wanted to join this in­dus­try?

I am a peo­ple’s per­son and I gen­uinely love help­ing fel­low in­di­vid­u­als in grow­ing their ca­reer.

What would you say to any­one who is start­ing out in your sec­tor?

Per­sis­tence, con­fi­dence, pa­tience and be­ing dif­fer­ent from the oth­ers are key in be­ing suc­cess­ful in such a com­pet­i­tive in­dus­try that hos­pi­tal­ity is.

What's the worst thing about your job?

Some­times I feel that we lit­er­ally do not have enough hours in a day to ac­com­mo­date all the things that need to be accomplished.

What's your favourite book?

L’etranger, writ­ten by Al­bert Ca­mus.

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