DEATH OF OUR FOUNDER MR PETER GAUTSCHI

*Mr Gautschi second from right

 

IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT I ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF OUR FOUNDER MR PETER GAUTSCHI WHO SET UP SWISS-BELHOTEL INTERNATIONAL IN 1987.

HE WAS 85 YEARS OLD.

MR GAUTSCHI DIED LAST THURSDAY, 06TH JUNE 2013 IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN MYANMAR WHERE HE WAS WORKING ON ANOTHER CHARITY SCHOOL PROJECT, ONE OF MANY THAT HE HAD SET UP IN CHINA AND MYANMAR IN THE LAST 13 YEARS SINCE RETIRING FROM SWISS-BELHOTEL INTERNATIONAL.

MR GAUSTCHI WAS ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY RESPECTED HOTELIERS IN HONG KONG AND ASIA HAVING ARRIVED IN HONG KONG IN THE EARLY 1950'S TO JOIN THE PENINSULA HOTEL.

STARTING OFF AS A JUNIOR EXECUTIVE HE ROSE TO THE POSITION OF VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF THE PENINSULA GROUP, HONG KONG.

ARGUABLY ONE OF THE TOP LUXURY HOTEL GROUPS IN THE WORLD, MR GAUTSCHI WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE EXPANSION OF THE PENINSULA GROUP IN ASIA OPENING HOTELS IN MANILA, SINGAPORE AND BANGKOK.

MR GAUTSCHI WAS A MENTOR TO BOTH JAMES TAM AND MYSELF WHEN WE BOTH WORKED WITH THE PENINSULA GROUP JOINING IN 1975. JAMES TAM STAYED WITH THE PENINSULA GROUP UNTIL 1987 WHEN HE JOINED MR GAUSTCHI TO SET UP SWISS-BELHOTEL INTERNATIONAL.

MR GAUTSCHI HAD A HUGE INFLUENCE ON BOTH JAMES AND MYSELF AND ALSO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SWISS-BELHOTEL INTERNATIONAL. HE TAUGHT JAMES AND MYSELF THE HOTEL BUSINESS.

MR GAUTSCHI SET UP THE JOINT VENTURE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE CIPUTRA GROUP (1991) AND SWISS AIR (1995). HE WAS THE TRUE INTERNATIONAL HOTELIER BRINGING THE SWISS PROFESSIONALISM AND MOULDING THE ASIAN PASSION.

EVERY HOTELIER IN ASIA AND EUROPE IN THE 1960'S TO 1990'S KNEW OR HAD HEARD OF MR GAUTSCHI. HE WAS SO WELL KNOWN IN THE HOTEL AND RESTAURANT INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG THAT JAMES AND I NEVER HAD A MEAL OUT WITH HIM WHERE THE STAFF AND THE MANAGEMENT WOULD ALWAYS ADDRESS HIM BY NAME.

WHAT AN AMAZING PERSON; WHAT AN AMAZING HOTELIER.

HE HAD A FULL LIFE AND IN HIS LATTER YEARS SET UP A GROWING EDUCATION CHARITY FOUNDATION IN CHINA AND MYANMAR INVOLVING MANY MANY SCHOOLS.

MR GAUTSCHI, YOU HAVE BEEN A HUGE INFLUENCE ON JAMES AND MYSELF AND THE THOUSANDS OF HOTELIERS AND STAFF WHO PASSED THROUGH YOUR HOTELS AND THROUGH YOUR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF LIFE.

AS FOUNDER OF SWISS-BELHOTEL INTERNATIONAL, YOU STARTED AN INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT GROUP THAT IS WORTHY OF YOUR MEMORY.

WE ALL SAY A HUGE THANK YOU.

IT WAS AN HONOUR TO KNOW YOU, TO WORK FOR YOU, TO BE TAUGHT BY YOU, TO BE LEAD BY YOU.

EVEN AT 85, YOU DIED TOO YOUNG AS YOU STILL HAD SO MUCH TO GIVE BACK TO THE AMAZING CHARITY THAT YOU HAD CREATED.

REST IN PEACE

 

10th June 2013

 

GAVIN M. FAULL
CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT
SWISS-BELHOTEL INTERNATIONAL

JAMES TAM
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SWISS-BELHOTEL INTERNATIONAL

 

 

 

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