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A lifetime of achievement

On 4 November 2019, alumni of the prestigious Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) came together to honour some of its most distinguished members, including our very own Hans Wiedemann

Held at Chaplin's World in Vevey, Switzerland, the 7th Annual AEHL Award Ceremony honoured some of its finest members in recognition of their outstanding service.

This included Hans Wiedemann of Badrutt's Palace Hotel, Delegate of the Board, who was honoured with the AEHL Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his accomplishments and professional path, which EHL students and alumni can aspire to for their own future.

“A result of excellent teamwork”

“I am very honoured to receive this prestigious award, which I would like to share with everybody who accompanied me during my career: guests, owners, family, friends, board members and the wonderful staff,” says Mr Wiedemann. “This award is a result of excellent teamwork and does not only belong to me.”

A leading hotelier

Mr Wiedemann graduated from EHL in 1978 and has since become a top hotelier, admired by guests, colleagues and industry professionals.

After various stints in Switzerland, Mr Wiedemann relocated to China as General Manager of a 600-room hotel. His career then took him to Australia, where he stayed for 13 years managing five top hotels and winning the national award for Excellence in Service. In 1995, he returned to his home country as Director of the Montreux Palace Hotel, helping it to gain new fame during his nine-year assignment. This accomplishment did not go unnoticed. In 2004, Mr Wiedemann was contacted by Hansjürg Badrutt, who offered him the position of Managing Director at the prestigious Badrutt’s Palace. Until his retirement in 2018, he ensured that the ‘Grand Dame’ of St Moritz preserved its deep-rooted history while continuing to innovate and shine as one of the icons of the international hotel industry.

Other awards of Mr Wiedemann include Hotelier of the Year by the Swiss Bilanz magazine in 2007 and Hotelier of the World by the Hotels publication in 2009. 

Commitment to the EHL

Mr Wiedemann has remained a faithful ambassador for the school, and from 1998 to 2018 he served as International Advisory Board member of EHL. Throughout his career he has also been a motivator and supporter of many young graduates who today hold leading positions in the international hotel industry. Some of them also joined him at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel.

Congratulations Mr Wiedemann!

Published in December 2019

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