TAKING A HIKE
VALERIE VAYSSIERE, DIRECTOR OF SALES & MARKETING, FAIRMONT DUBAI, IS 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.