Virtuoso Life - September/October 2012 - (Page 52)
Living tHe virtuoso LiFe
It’s getting Hotter in here: Erhard Hotter’s travel advisor puts on the perfect party. INTERVIEWEd by dAVId hOChmAN
s an Asia-based international hotelier and businessman, Erhard hotter knows great trips start with great planning. For his 70th birthday last year, hotter worked for months with Virtuoso travel advisors Andre (“Andi”) and Anne maree von Zeppelin in Queensland, Australia, to coordinate an elaborate weeklong birthday bash in Russia for a few of his closest friends.
How many people traveled to Russia with you?
“A few couples dropped in and out, but in all we had 36 people from various parts of the world. It took a lot of coordinating.”
Did you call restaurants and say, “Table for three dozen, please?”
“Ha! That’s where my travel advisors earned their stripes. Together, we organized every meal, every tour, every hotel room. We had private rooms everywhere, private entertainment, our own security, and wonderful food. It was incredible – and also very expensive – but I’ll never forget it. Just
From left: Hotter (middle) celebrates with friends and the Hermitage Museum’s Winter Palace.
(WINTER PALACE) GIOVANNI SImEONE/SImE/ESTOCk PhOTO
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