ATLANTE, February 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Forbes Travel Guide, the global authority on luxury hospitality, today announced the appointment of Hermann Elger as CEO to lead the 64-year-old company and its highly respected team into a new phase of strategic growth in global travel.
Elger takes over from Forbes Travel Guide CEO Philippe Boyenwho is stepping down in mid-February after three and a half years and will remain a company ambassador.
“As we look to the future, we are excited about the opportunity to expand our footprint in travel with new strategic opportunities in the future. As CEO and permanent member of the Board of Directors, Hermann Elger brings thought leadership and extensive luxury hospitality experience that will uniquely position Forbes Travel Guide for the next chapter of success,” said Jeff Arnold, Chairman of the Board of Forbes Travel Guide. “And we are extremely grateful to Philippe Boyen for all he has contributed since 2018. Filip continued to expand our global footprint and expand the customer base during the historic challenges of the pandemic, as well as taking the necessary steps to ensure the business was able to persevere and adapt during this unprecedented time. FTG is now poised for further growth as the travel industry begins the process of post-crisis reconstruction.”
Elger brings 30 years of luxury hospitality and business experience to Forbes Travel Guide. As Executive Vice President of Travel, Entertainment and Health Safety at digital health leader Sharecare, he led the successful launch of Sharecare’s Health Safety Audit Program in partnership with Forbes Travel Guide, which now covers over 3,500 properties in over 85 countries. . Prior to Sharecare, Elger was General Manager of Baccarat Hotel New York and Chief Operating Officer of Baccarat Hotels and Resorts. As General Manager, he led Baccarat Hotel New York to its first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award in 2018. Elger has also served as General Manager of other renowned five-star hotels around the world. North Americaincluding The St. Regis New York, Montage Beverly Hills (now The Maybourne Beverly Hills) and The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun.
“Forbes Travel Guide has emerged from the pandemic more nimble and well prepared for the future,” Boyen said. “I am proud of what the team has accomplished during my tenure, particularly in bringing the industry together during the darkest days of the pandemic, and I am happy to work with Hermann to ensure a smooth transition and successful.”
“Having worked so closely with Filip and Forbes Travel Guide in my leadership role at Sharecare, I am honored to join his talented and well-established team as the company enters its next phase of growth and innovation,” said Elger. “I thank Filip for welcoming me warmly, and I am deeply honored to follow in his footsteps and those of the former CEO and current Vice President, Jerry Inzerillo.”
The company remains committed to its mission of objectively and independently rating luxury hotels, restaurants and spas in more than 70 countries – adding ocean and river cruises as a new rating category in the coming year – and will focus on the continued growth of innovative digital. opportunities, training and support services both within and beyond the hospitality industry.
For more information on Forbes Travel Guide, please visit www.forbestravelguide.com.
About the Forbes Travel Guide
Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Launched as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, the company created the first five-star rating system in United States. Today, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors travel the world, evaluating properties against 900 rigorous and objective standards. Forbes Travel Guide also supports the hospitality industry and other service-oriented businesses such as luxury residences, healthcare and private clubs with tailored training solutions, assessment services and the creation of personalized service standards. For more information, visit partner.forbestravelguide.com.
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