The Big Cheese

The Big Cheese with Emporium Hotel’s Peter Savoff

Brisbane’s newest boutique luxury hotel, Emporium Hotel South Bank, will commence a soft opening in August 2018, with select rooms and amenities available.

The Hotel’s extensive food and beverage offerings by Executive Chef Josue Lopez, including Belle Époque, Piano Bar, signature restaurant Opal, and the coveted rooftop bar, The Terrace, will commence a staggered opening from mid-August, with the Hotel to be fully operational by mid-September.

The great thing about my job is…

Inspiring passion in my team, it’s what drives me the most in my role

The challenge for the industry is…

Recruiting more employees who want to make a career in tourism and hospitality.

My greatest achievement is…

Personal: My family

Professional: Our first Emporium Hotel, which was located in Fortitude Valley, was named Best Luxury Accommodation three years in a row by the Queensland Tourism Awards, which led to us officially entering the Tourism Hall of Fame.

This was a major achievement and was testament to the Emporium’s ownership, leadership, the commitment of each team member and the level of accommodation.

This is certainly something that we will aim to win again at our new hotel, Emporium Hotel South Bank.

The biggest thing in MICE this year will be…

The growth of incentive conferences in Brisbane and, of course, the opening of Emporium Hotel South Bank! We have a strong, state-of-the-art MICE offering, all set within an aspirational luxury, boutique hotel, complete with stunning food and beverage outlets.

It’s an exciting offering that we look forward to offering our guests.

In many ways Brisbane is still a hidden gem in terms of its MICE offering. For those who don’t know Brisbane or haven’t visited for a while, it’s certainly time to take another look, particularly at the development of the city’s stunning hotels.

I try to relax by…

Going to the beach.

I don’t understand why…

People tend to communicate more via social media than in person!

My favourite venue/destination is…

North Stradbroke Island, which is an island that lies within Moreton Bay in Queensland, only 30 kilometres from Brisbane

I’ve always wanted to travel to…

South America

I am scared to death of…

Large snakes! I live next to the national park and there are frequently massive python skins which have been shed in my garden.

I can’t live without…

Good coffee.

I really wish I had…

More time…

If I could invite four people to a dinner party, they’d be…

My wife and 3 children.

For anyone starting out in the industry one piece of advice I’d give would be….

Be flexible and committed and you will stand out from most others who are not!

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