Florian Hallermann is a passionate Hotelier with more than 30 years of experience. He left Europe in 1990 to continue his career in Asia, starting to work for Mandarin Oriental as a trainee in Food & Beverage. After 3 years in the Macau region he was appointed Asst. F&B Manager to help at the opening of Banyan Tree Phuket, the flagship of this widely admired Asian hotel brand. Consecutively he was involved in the opening of Banyan Tree Bintan and Banyan Tree Bali. He left Banyan Tree as Operation Manager in order to change his focus points completely by joining the Radisson Narita Airport, a 500 room property which enjoyed a yearly occupancy of 94%.
After further stints in China, Bali, Malaysia and Thailand, which included 4 more hotel openings, Florian settled down in the position as General Manager of the Zeavola Resort in which he is now completing his 12th year. In this position he turned from an hotel opening addict to a fine tuner. Together with his team he positioned the resort as the leading luxury resort on Phi Phi island competing with major luxury hotels in the region. During those years the Zeavola Team started a journey into sustainability which peaked with the publication of “Zeavola’s Little Green Book.” This book serves as a guideline to sustainability for the hotel industry and is also included into the teaching materials of SUMAS. The remoteness of the Zeavola Resort on Phi Phi island emphasizes the consideration of sustainable technology and practices as a valid and cost effective option to run a successful operation. Florian’s focus is on creating a long term livelihood for all staff members, the members of the local community and the breathtaking nature which is truly the drawing point for tourism on the island.
Florian enjoys his engagement with SUMAS as a guest professor as he is eager to demonstrate successful sustainable practices to young and engaged students.