“My career was built by having met people who made me willing and able to transmit all of my humanity. As soon as I met them, I understood at once that I would live many an unforgettable experience with them.” The changing point for Herve de Gouvion Saint Cyr was the feeling that marked every step of his progression as sales manager in luxury hotels, and who recently made the transition into consulting and training.
Everything started when, unsatisfied with his experience at the university, he was looking for his vocation and requested an immersion period in well-known Parisian hotels: «I wanted to see if I would enjoy working in this environment”. Convinced by this initiative, the Bristol HR Manager welcomed him in this prestigious Parisian hotel.
Six months later, the hotel’s General Manager recommended him to Harrods in London. Three months of tea times in the Georgian Tea Room were enough for him to make up his mind: he would continue his studies in Vatel in Nimes. He was the Valedictorian of his class in 1995.
“In Vatel, the quality of relationships between teachers and students reinforced my sensibility of the human dimension. I was hired as soon as I finished my last internship at the Lutetia Hotel as Head Banquet Waiter. Having worked there for seven years, the General Manager, Jean- Marc de Margerie, allowed me to climb the corporate ladder until I was promoted to Sales Manager.”
He then worked in a series of prestigious hotels, and fondly remembers those people who really influenced him: “Beatrice Belehradek and Loic Le Berre at the Ambassador Hotel, Francois Delahaye and Laurence Bloch at the Plaza Athenee Hotel. They were able to touch my emotions. Three years ago, I would not have joined Luxury Attitude without this exceptional meeting with Erik Perey and Lionel Meyers, who founded this company that, for the past sixteen years, has been working with the most famous hotels, stakeholders in luxury goods, haute couture and other high end sectors.”
Luxury Attitude, a member of the INSEEC Group, advises and trains companies in their service strategy by including the human dimension of luxury. “I became head of this company, while continuing to take advantage of the presence of the two co-founders”, said this Vatelien who advises young adults to cultivate their instincts of meeting others: “In the hospitality industry, the human side is a hundred times more present than in other fields. Recruiters must trust the personality of the candidate they are interviewing. When meeting someone is a magical experience, everything else can be learned.”
Just 20 years old and Emma has already lived in France, in Germany, in Belgium and in England. She’ll tell us about her international experience with the Marco Polo exchange program from Paris to Brussels.Read more
Emma Lacour, who loves travelling and showing her photos on gastronomy and the French art of hospitality on Instagram, tells us why she decided to study in this field.Read more
Mathilde Corbin, who has taught at Vatel Nimes for the past five years, is an expert in events management and a coach for MBA students in this Specialization.Read more
A green Vatel logo, students waiting on tables, at the cash register and advising clients: it’s evident, we’re at a Vatel Cafe!Read more
To thank them for a year of working together, the Lyon Metropolis in an Awards Ceremony, pays homage to what Vatel Lyon students have accomplished.
Currently, in her 2nd undergraduate year, Océane Pilot has already and repeatedly experienced the power of the alumni network of Vatel Bordeaux. Testimonial.Read more
What do Vatel students do when they are not training or in class? Some, like Maxime Culosse, decide to beef up their resumes.Read more
While the international outreach and mixture of theory and practical application convinced Milo’s parents, it was employability and quick promotions in the hospitality industry that seduced Edouard’s...Read more
Red alert! We found Tokyo, Berlin, Rio, Denver and even "El Professor" in the South of France: they were hidden among the Vatel Nîmes first year students during their orientation weekend in Fréjus! #moneyheistRead more
From Montenegro, Tunisia and India, more than 60 students came to Nimes to do their international internship at the Vatel Hotel.Read more
Food and beverage manager and sommelier at Les Tables Vatel in Bordeaux, Julien Borreil likes to learn and discover.Read more
Accepted at Vatel Nantes, Lou Nguyen ends her admission interview by trying on clothing. By the way though, why wear a uniform and what do students think about this?Read more
Hired even before they received their degrees, the Vatel Lyon class of 2018 has great jobs again this year!Read more
How can students appreciate and retain a theoretical course? With a professor who has worked in this industry and has lots of stories to tell!Read more
You could say that Irene Melero, who speaks Spanish, Italian and French, is an expert in how to learn foreign languages! Let’s have a look at her background and educational philosophy.Read more
Vatel Nimes 4th year students came in second place in the nationwide “Challenges for Youth and Companies” competition. What did they decide to promote? A hotel of course!Read more
Vatel students: your 4th year mission, should you choose to accept it, is the following: drawing up a development strategy to increase Chinese tourism in your city, working closely with the Lyon Metropolis.Read more
A 2010 alumnus, Francois Perraud is now a Financial Controller at the Nantes Radisson Blu. Coming September, he’ll also be a Vatel Nantes faculty member!Read more
Vatel Bordeaux Academic Director Ludovic Glorieux presents his missions and a complete overview of the strengths and challenges for the Vatel Group entity in Gironde.Read more
Who is Isabelle Cassini, a Vatel Nantes professor?Read more
The next Worldwide Hospitality Awards will be held in one month: support the Marco Polo program candidacy by voting here right now!Read more
We wish you all a great academic year and a special welcome to the first class of Vatel Nantes.