|Key people||Meinhard Huck, President
Juerg Siegenthaler, Vice President Marketing and Sales
Pierre Botteron, Vice President Human Resources
Lilian Roten, Vice President Operations
|Parent||Fairmont Raffles Hotels International|
Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts is a group of hotels pitched at the higher end of the hotel market. The chain currently includes 37 properties in 17 countries. The corporate offices for Swissôtel are located in the Prioria Business Center on the property of Zurich Airport, Kloten, Switzerland, near Zurich. and the company is headed by President, Meinhard Huck.
Swissôtel was founded in 1980 as a joint venture between the Swissair and Nestlé groups with its headquarters in the Swiss city of Zurich. Initially hotels were operated in Berne, Geneva, New York and Zurich. In 1990, the hotel group became a fully owned subsidiary of the Swissair group and in 1996 its head office moved from Zurich to New York.
In 2001, with the parent airline in the serious financial difficulties that eventually lead to its demise, Swissôtel was sold to Raffles Holdings Limited, the owners of the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore. In July 2005, Colony Capital, a private international investment firm, acquired Raffles International Limited, the company that by this stage owned both Raffles and Swissôtel brands.
In May 2006, Colony Capital, together with Kingdom Hotels International, acquired Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. With the completion of the transaction, the Fairmont and Raffles International portfolios were combined, transforming the companies into a global hotel leader headquartered in Toronto called Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, with 120 hotels in 23 countries under three brands – Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel.
After the transaction, the corporate office of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts moved back to Zurich, where it is headed by President, Mr Meinhard Huck.
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Swissôtel has a high profile approach to corporate social responsibility, which concentrates on charities who help underprivileged children around the world. The company has formed a link with SOS Children's Villages for which it organises fundraising events such as an annual summer party in Zürich. The company has supported particular projects including that in Lavrovo, Oryol, Russia.
- People's Republic of China – Beijing, Foshan, Kunshan, Shanghai and Chengdu (under development)
- Japan – Osaka (Swissôtel Nankai Osaka)
- Singapore (Swissôtel The Stamford and Swissôtel Merchant Court)
- Thailand – Bangkok (Swissôtel Nai Lert Park and Swissôtel Le Concorde)
- Thailand – Phuket (Swissôtel Resort Kamala Beach)
- India – Kolkata, Bangalore (under development), New Delhi (under development) and Mumbai (under development)
- Saudi Arabia – Makkah
- Germany – Berlin, Bremen, Neuss and Dresden
- Estonia – Tallinn (Swissôtel Tallinn)
- Netherlands – Amsterdam
- The middle part of the hotel, Damrak 96-97, was newly built in 1986 in a style resembling early 20th-century urban office architecture represented by its adjoining buildings. The building at Damrak 95 was originally designed as an exchange office for the Amsterdamsche Bank by famous Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage in 1901. The ground floor of the building still houses a money exchange office. The building at Damrak 98 was built as an office building–shop premises in 1909 by A.J. Kropholler, revealing evident Art Nouveau influences. Because of their architectural and historical significance the facades of these buildings have been kept intact. The interiors have been completely stripped and rebuilt for the purpose of constructing hotel rooms.
- Russia – Moscow (Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy Moscow) and Sochi (2 hotels under development)
- Switzerland – Basel, Geneva, Zürich
- Turkey – Ankara, Istanbul, İzmir and Bodrum (2 hotels under development)
- Ukraine – Kiev (under development)
- "FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS." (Archive) Swissôtel. Retrieved on 20 October 2012. "Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, Balz-Zimmermannstr. 7, 8058 Zurich-Airport, CH. Registered number CH-020.3.925.568-2 "
- "Priora Business Center." (Archive) Priora. Retrieved on 20 October 2012. "Priora Business Center Balsberg Balz-Zimmermann-Strasse 7 CH-8302 Kloten"
- "JULIAN VAN DEN BOGAERDE APPOINTED REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT, CHINA FOR SWISSÔTEL HOTELS & RESORTS." Swissôtel. Retrieved on 25 June 2009. "Prior to his appointment in Shanghai, Julian van den Bogaerde was based in the head office of Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts in Zurich as General Manager."
- "Press Release - Swissôtel mark their 30th anniversary". Swissôtel. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
- Kirk, Jim. "Regional base for Swissotel stays in town." Chicago Tribune. June 6, 2001. Business p. 3. Retrieved on February 19, 2013.
- Corporate Social Responsibility, Swissôtel official site.
- Information on Swissôtel official site.
- Berlage, H.P. (1899-19-01). "Damrak Amsterdams Wisselkantoor en lunchroom De Beursbengel Damrak Amsterdam". Stichting BONAS.
- Kropholler, A.J. (1909). "Kantoor Fa. Jac. Bos Damrak 98 Amsterdam". Stichting BONAS.
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