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

Luxurious hotelier Ernst Andrea Scherz handed away Might 13, 2021 on the age of 81, following an extended sickness, the Gstaad Palace has shared. Scherz performed a major position in establishing The Main Inns of the World and he presided over the Gstaad Palace from 1968 to 2001—earlier than handing it over to his son Andrea Scherz, who is constant his father’s legacy as third era proprietor and normal supervisor.  

“We’re mourning our father, and extra broadly additionally an individual who was, fairly actually, born to be a bunch. Messages of condolence are reaching us from many corners of the world. As a household, we’re very touched by this,” mentioned Andrea Scherz, normal supervisor of the Gstaad Palace, mentioned in an announcement. “He was the quintessential Scherz—at all times in good spirits, at all times current, at all times a step forward. To serve was each a matter of honor and a ardour for him. As a task mannequin, he anticipated quite a lot of himself and of all his staff. He was a person who was blessed with nice foresight and an intuitive grasp that not often let him down. He was a doer, a fighter and a extremely gifted communicator. That can also be what a lot of his companions inform me.”  

The son of hoteliers Ernst and Silvia Scherz-Bezzola, Ernst Andrea Scherz was born in Gstaad in 1939 and largely grew up within the lodge. After finishing his hotelier coaching on the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, he took on successive roles in eminent institutions and was engaged by the Aga Khan to help together with his vacationer enterprise on the Costa Esmeralda in Sardinia. He returned to the Gstaad Palace in 1968 and took over administration of the lodge from his father in 1969.  

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Ernst Andrea Scherz succeeded in bringing the Gstaad Palace to the eye of the world press with occasions involving international stars, corresponding to Liz Taylor, Richard Burton and Peter Sellers. Underneath his initiative, the lodge additionally advanced into its present type by means of improvement of the lodge infrastructure; this included the creation of an indoor pool, a sauna and a well being heart in 1969-70, adopted by the night time membership “GreenGo” in 1971. At this time, the membership nonetheless options the unique inside, designed by Teo Jakob. In 1972, Scherz pioneered themed gastronomy when he launched the Fromagerie, a extremely standard fondue eatery housed in a former World Warfare II gold bunker. One other key element of the lodge, the Résidence du Palace for long-term guests, was additionally instigated by Scherz. Following a posh 10-year planning section, the 21 flats of the Résidence welcomed their first friends firstly of the 1979-80 winter season.  

In 2001, after 32 years on the helm, Scherz handed over normal administration of the lodge to his son Andrea. The Palace AG was then restructured right into a household holding firm in 2003. Scherz’s dedication went far past the Palace doorways, and he did a lot to additional the reason for Gstaad-Saanenland as a vacationer vacation spot and of the whole lodge sector. As a part of this work, he served as president of The Main Inns of the World from 1973 to 1989. Underneath his steering, the consortium of luxurious motels expanded from 70 to 220 institutions globally.

“Till shortly earlier than his demise, my father would come to the Palace most days to talk to our common friends and the employees. He was an essential mentor for the entire Palace household and was at all times readily available after I wanted recommendation,” added Andrea Scherz.

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