Julien Berthillon is an expert in hotel events! He’s been organizing special events ever since he graduated from Vatel in 2005 - 10 years of sumptuous receptions.
Julien, who has been working since September, 2014 as the Dubai Radisson Blu Media City Receptions, Banquets and Seminar Manager, tells us his seven thoughts that have guided his career and contributed to its success.
1- Balance several tasks while keeping a smile on my face
We all work to meet challenges, sometimes for events that are last minute reservations, on several projects at the same time and in difficult working conditions. Your smile packs a powerful punch, and it’s your best friend because it conveys warmth and confidence to your customers as well as your team members.
What Julien has done since he left Vatel
“As soon as I graduated, I went to Dubai to supervise one of the restaurants in the Royal Mirage Hotel, an institution here. After that, to gain more experience and skills in organizing large banquets, I took advantage of an opportunity in Monte Carlo. I started working for the Events Cluster in the luxurious Societe des Bains de Mer as soon as it opened.
- The Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, 334 rooms, 8 conference rooms, 3 different restaurants;
- The Monte Carlo Beach Hotel, 40 room, 3 restaurants and the Main Ballroom of Monaco, “Salle des Etoiles,” one of the largest venues in Europe with a capacity of serving 1,000 meals. These three places were my playing grounds.
A fabulous and enriching experience, where I was in charge of organizing sumptuous events for large international groups or for royalty: weddings, or annual events like Le Bal de la Rose, etc.
After that I worked with Starwood and Le Meridien to expand my skill set in sales strategies. For three years I was the Senior Group Sales & Catering Executive, a job where the Sales, Catering and Special Events departments all worked together and I managed the French, Swiss and Benelux markets for the Le Meridien Beach Plaza Monte Carlo. I received three awards and distinctions from the Hotel Group during this time.
In September 2014, I came back to Dubai to manage the Special Events Department for the Radisson Blu Media City Hotel in Dubai. Each step of a career, in my opinion, is made up of challenges to be met.
The United Arabian Emirates are a federation of seven Emirates on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. At an intersection where the East meets the West, they all have international hotel chains which roll out projects that are always more luxurious and more creative, to give their guests an exceptional experience. Most of the employees and managers here are ex-pats. With all the hotels that are being planned to open in the upcoming years, there are a host of possibilities to expand your career in just a few years and to gain experience in a highly competitive field. Vateliens, you’ve got all sorts of interesting opportunities here!