With 18 years of experience in the InterContinental, worldwide hotel chain, Christophe Laure has now assumed the management of the largest traditional luxury hotel in Paris.
At 45, Christophe Laure, has been appointed General Manager of InterContinental Paris Le Grand, Place de l’Opéra.
Yet another challenge for this ardent supporter of the British luxury hotel chain, who for almost three years managed the InterContinental Madrid, one of the most emblematic hotels in the Spanish capital.
With its 470 rooms, 21 reception rooms and the legendary Café de la Paix restaurant, InterContinental Paris Le Grand is the largest traditional luxury hotel in the capital and ranks among the 4 flagship hotels in the InterContinental chain, worldwide. It has some 650 staff, 100 of whom are employed in the vast kitchens.
Christophe Laure knows Le Grand very well indeed, having been Manager there, from 2002 to 2004, during which time he coordinated the entire renovation of both the hotel and the Café de la Paix – a transformation that cost more than 150 million Euros. He oversaw the operational and commercial activities here, prior to the opening, working to reposition the hotel upmarket while ensuring that it became one of the leading hotels, within the luxury chain, the world over.
Having successfully accomplished this task, in 2004 he was appointed General Manager of the InterContinental Malta, with another rather delicate mission: the repositioning of the hotel in the wake of a complicated partial opening. Within four years, this hotel, with its 451 rooms, 9 restaurants and 18 meeting rooms, was the second top favourite destination in Malta.
During his 18 years’ experience with InterContinental, Christophe Laure spent 4 years in management positions in Intercontinental hotels in the Near- and Middle East. Appointed Regional Sales and Marketing Director of the Al Bustan InterContinental in Oman in 1998, he was promoted to the position of Manager of the InterContinental Amman in Jordan, going on from there, in 2002, to orchestrate the pre-opening of 3 InterContinental Group hotels in Egypt, in his capacity of Regional General Manager.
Born in Nice, he joined InterContinental in 1992 as Sales and Marketing Manager for the Carlton, the well-known luxury hotel on the Croisette in Cannes; his next stop was the InterContinental Princesa Sofia in Barcelona. He began his career, initially, in luxury hotels on the Côte-d’Azur – including the Hotel Martinez in Cannes –in the accommodation and catering departments.
Married and father of two children, Christophe Laure is a graduate of the International Hospitality Management School, École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL).