June 24, 2021

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In Memoriam: Ernst Andrea Scherz, Gstaad Palace GM, LHW President

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Luxury hotelier Ernst Andrea Scherz passed absent May possibly 13, 2021 at the age of 81, next a very long sickness, the Gstaad Palace has shared. Scherz performed a significant function in setting up The Top Hotels of the World and he presided around the Gstaad Palace from 1968 to 2001—before handing it more than to his son Andrea Scherz, who is continuing his father’s legacy as third generation owner and standard manager.  

“We are mourning our father, and extra broadly also a person who was, rather practically, born to be a host. Messages of condolence are achieving us from many corners of the environment. As a spouse and children, we are really touched by this,” said Andrea Scherz, standard manager of the Gstaad Palace, reported in a assertion. “He was the quintessential Scherz—always in superior spirits, usually existing, usually a action in advance. To serve was equally a make any difference of honor and a enthusiasm for him. As a position product, he predicted a lot of himself and of all his personnel. He was a male who was blessed with wonderful foresight and an intuitive grasp that not often allow him down. He was a doer, a fighter and a highly gifted communicator. That is also what several of his companions notify me.”  

The son of hoteliers Ernst and Silvia Scherz-Bezzola, Ernst Andrea Scherz was born in Gstaad in 1939 and mostly grew up in the resort. Right after finishing his hotelier coaching at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, he took on successive roles in eminent institutions and was engaged by the Aga Khan to assist with his vacationer organization on the Costa Esmeralda in Sardinia. He returned to the Gstaad Palace in 1968 and took more than management of the lodge from his father in 1969.  

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Ernst Andrea Scherz succeeded in bringing the Gstaad Palace to the focus of the environment push with activities involving world-wide stars, this sort of as Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Peter Sellers. Beneath his initiative, the lodge also evolved into its present type by way of growth of the lodge infrastructure this involved the development of an indoor pool, a sauna and a health and fitness middle in 1969-70, followed by the night time club “GreenGo” in 1971. Right now, the club continue to features the original inside, intended by Teo Jakob. In 1972, Scherz pioneered themed gastronomy when he introduced the Fromagerie, a hugely popular fondue eatery housed in a previous World War II gold bunker. One more important element of the resort, the Résidence du Palace for extensive-phrase website visitors, was also instigated by Scherz. Next a complex 10-yr planning phase, the 21 apartments of the Résidence welcomed their to start with visitors at the start off of the 1979-80 winter time.  

In 2001, soon after 32 yrs at the helm, Scherz handed above standard management of the resort to his son Andrea. The Palace AG was then restructured into a family holding business in 2003. Scherz’s determination went considerably further than the Palace doors, and he did significantly to additional the cause of Gstaad-Saanenland as a vacationer vacation spot and of the whole lodge sector. As aspect of this operate, he served as president of The Main Motels of the Planet from 1973 to 1989. Below his direction, the consortium of luxurious lodges expanded from 70 to 220 establishments globally.

“Till soon just before his death, my father would appear to the Palace most days to chat to our common company and the team. He was an vital mentor for the whole Palace family members and was always on hand when I needed advice,” extra Andrea Scherz.

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