2009 Hoteliers Of The World
Hans Wiedemann: Following Fate, Standing Up For Ideals
Hans Wiedemann believes in fate—how else could he explain all the coincidences that preceded his 2004 appointment as managing director of the legendary Badrutt’s Palace hotel? To him, the landmark property in idyllic St. Moritz, Switzerland, is the place the 2009 Independent Hotelier of the World was always meant to be. Relaxing in the hotel’s lavish Hans Badrutt Suite on the very September day his 19-year-old daughter, Rebecca, enrolled at his alma mater, École hôtelière de Lausanne, Wiedemann recalls the scene 13 years earlier.