TOURISM CREDENTIALS as of August 31, 2017
Emmanuel Gonzalez


 
Education, Languages

Ateneo de Manila AB, 1971. Presidential Scholarship for topping the entrance exams.
Columbia University (New York) MBA 1974. Full Scholarship. Most Outstanding First-Year Student.
Learned Wine Appreciation from the legendary Steven Spurrier at his Academie du Vin in Paris 1978 (Mr. Spurrier’s unique
   contributions to the wine world are recounted in the movie Bottle Shock.)
Studied Italian at the Scuola Leonardo in Rome (of Eat, Pray, Love, fame) 2012.
Fluent French and Spanish; Intermediate Italian; Cebuano; Tagalog.

 
Relevant Work Experience: International Banker, Hotelier

International Finance Corporation-World Bank (1979-1986). Senior Investment Officer, Washington DC, assigned to Mexico, Colombia, and the Caribbean. Travelled extensively, logged over 500 nights at mostly 4 and 5 star hotels.

Plantation Bay Resort & Spa. (1995-Present). Plantation Bay is a 5 Star International Class Resort as rated by TripAdvisor, Expedia, Agoda, Bookings.com, and numerous other observers. It was recently elected to the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for winning the Certificate of Excellence for five straight years.

Was personally responsible for the site development plan and stylistic design of the resort. Oversaw construction, furniture procurement, hiring and training, and startup. Active in day-to-day management. Instrumental in developing the Korean tourism business for the Philippines, as borne out by the fact that Plantation Bay is the most recognized foreign hotel name in Korea. Also served a term as President of the Hotel, Resort, and Restaurant Association of Cebu.

Played an important role in the liberalization of the Philippine airline industry. Wrote a highly influential Guest Main Editorial, The Unfriendly Philippine Skies, The Asian Wall Street Journal (May 19, 1999)

 
Cities Lived In (at least one year except as noted)
London. Paris. New York. San Francisco. Washington DC. Hong Kong. Vancouver, British Columbia. Whistler, British Columbia. Cebu. Manila. Los Angeles (6 months). Breckenridge, Colorado (2 months). Barcelona (6 months). Rome (6 weeks). Boston (5 weeks).
 
Major Cities/Areas Visited (at least two nights/three days)

Asia: Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Chengdu, Guilin, Lhasa, Macao, Seoul. Baguio, Daet, Balesin Island, Boracay, Iloilo, Bacolod, Ormoc, Panglao, Camotes Islands, Siargao, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan City, Bukidnon Province, Davao City.

Europe: Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Prague, Istanbul, Athens, Malta. Inverness, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bath, York. Verona, Bologna, Positano, Naples, Milan, Syracuse, Palermo, Taormina, Sorrento, Capri, Florence, Venice, Tuscany. Geneva, Zurich, Ascona, Lausanne, Lucerne, Vaduz (Lichtenstein). Bruges. Amsterdam. Copenhagen. Deauville, St. Malo, Cannes, Lille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Marseille, Nice, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Carcassonne, Loire Valley, Lyon, Montpellier, Beaune. Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Baden-Baden, Munich, Berlin, Nuremberg, Cologne. Madrid, Sevilla, Marbella, Sotogrande-Gibraltar, Granada, Ronda, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Ibiza.

North America: Toronto, Okanagan, Victoria/Vancouver Island, Squamish, Kelowna, Kamloops, Montreal. Boston. Freeport and Portland, Maine. New Haven, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Akron-Canton-Cleveland, The Hamptons. Detroit, Petoskey, Traverse City, Charlevoix, St. Louis, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Vale Colorado, Jackson Wyoming, Bozeman Montana. Bend, Portland, and Florence, Oregon. San Jose, San Diego and Monterrey California. Seattle, Honolulu. New Orleans.

Latin America and the Caribbean: Mexico City DF, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Cuernavaca – Mexico. Kingston and Montego Bay – Jamaica. Castries, St. Lucia. Bridgetown, Barbados. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien – Haiti. Caracas, Venezuela. Barranquilla, Cartagena, Bogota, Medellin, Cali – Colombia. Lima, Peru. Santiago, Chile. Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo – Brazil. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 
Humorous Travelogue Writer and Social Commentator: Publications (Philippine Star except as noted; Click link for full text.)
Cebu – Where West First Met East (Mabuhay Magazine) 2000.
The Problem With Cebuanas (The Freeman) 2009.
Missing in Munich (Philippine Inquirer) 2009.
2010 Winter Olympics (Cebu Sun-Star) 2010.
Blown Away in Vienna 2010.
Chilling Out in Prague 2010.
(Almost) Busted in Budapest (Cebu Sun-Star) 2010.
Five Days in Athens 2010.
Seven Days in Istanbul 2010.
Seville, A Part of Spain That’s Not Madrid (Cebu Sun-Star) 2011.
Ronda and Granada – Some Parts of Spain That Aren’t Madrid (Cebu Sun-Star) 2011.
Barcelona – A Part of Spain That’s Not Madrid (Cebu Sun-Star) 2011.
Quickie in Marseille 2011.
Provence: A Tale of Two Cities, Avignon, 2011.
Provence: A Tale of Two Cities, Aix-en-Provence, 2011.
The French Riviera – A Tale of Two Cities, Cannes, 2011.
The French Riviera – A Tale of Two Cities, Nice, 2011.
Springtime in Lyon 2011.
April in Paris (Cebu Sun-Star) 2012.
Springtime in Rome (Cebu Sun-Star) 2012.
Six Weeks in Rome. Part One of Four: The Most Beautiful Women in Rome 2012
Six Weeks in Rome. Part Two of Four: How to Do Rome in a Day, 2012
Six Weeks in Rome. Part Three of Four: How to Do Rome in a Day, continued, 2012
Six Weeks in Rome. Part Four of Four: Amazing Facts About Rome that Guidebooks Won’t Tell You, 2012.
A Stroll Through Heidelberg 2013
Paris – Three Exhibits 2013
Paris – Three Stores, Three Lunches 2013
Baden-Baden on a Budget 2014
The Sensual Pleasures of Bordeaux 2014
Counting Stars from Manhattan to San Francisco, 2016
Barcelona by Bar, 2016
Eating My Way Through London, 2016
Bigger and Better in Texas, 2016
Erotic Art in Paris Museums, (Manila Bulletin) 2016
 
Highly Experienced Hotel Guest: Five-Star Hotels Stayed In
(* denotes a hotel which is on Travel & Leisure’s 2015 list of Top 500 hotels in the world)
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+ denotes a hotel whose average room costs more than $400 a night; ++ more than $800 a night)
The Ritz London(* ++). Grosvenor House London (+). Arlington House London (+). Hyde Park Hotel London (now Mandarin) (* ++). InterContinental Paris (now Westin) (+). Four Seasons Gresham Palace Budapest (* +). The original Imperial Hotel Tokyo (now demolished). Four Seasons Sultanahmed Istanbul (* +). Grande Bretagne Athens (* +). Carlton InterContinental Cannes (+). Luna Hotel Baglioni Venice (* +). Beau Rivage Lausanne (+). Hotel de la Paix Geneva (+). Baur au Lac Zurich (+). Waldorf-Astoria New York (+) . Flemings Hotel Mayfair London (+). Les Armures Geneva (++). Hotel de Russie Rome (* ++). Hassler Rome (* ++). Sofitel Villa Borghese Rome (+). Park Hyatt Milano (* ++). Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, Palermo Sicily. The Madrid Ritz. Barcelona El Palace GL (*). Peninsula Hong Kong (* ++). Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (* +). Hullett House Hong Kong (++). Prestonfield House Edinburgh. Hotel Imperial Vienna (*). Westin Excelsior Florence (++). Westin Grand Frankfurt. Villa La Massa Florence (+). Inn at the Market Seattle (*). Four Seasons Hong Kong (* ++). The Raffles Singapore (+). The Peninsula Manila (*). Hotel Okura Tokyo (+). Mandarin Oriental Washington DC (+). Four Seasons Washington DC (* +). The Dorset New York (long demolished). Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva (++). La Scalinatella Capri (+). Bellevue Syrene Sorrento. Four Seasons Whistler (*). Schloss Monchstein Salzburg. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona (* +). Disney World Yacht Club Orlando (+). Disney World Beach Club Orlando (+). Regent Petite France Strasbourg. Dorint Maison Messmer, Baden-Baden. Heidelberg Suites (+). Locanda dell’Amorosa, Tuscany. Heathman, Portland Oregon (*). River Place, Portland Oregon. Mark Hopkins, San Francisco. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, San Diego (*). Mandarin Oriental Munich (+). Four Seasons, New York (* +). Mandarin Oriental Geneva (+). Hotel Vitale San Francisco (* +). The Upper House, Hong Kong (+). The Bostonian, Boston. The Peabody, Memphis.
 
Highly Experienced Restaurant Patron: Notable Restaurants Eaten At
(* to *** denotes Michelin stars)
Taillevent, Paris (***). l’Ambassade d’Auvergne, Paris. Le Grand Colbert, Paris. Alain Senderens at Place de la Madeleine, Paris (**). Mollard, Paris. Le Train Bleu, Paris. Fouquet’s, Paris. Pavillon Ledoyen, Paris (***). Le Procope, Paris. Restaurant Polidor, Paris (setting for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris). l’Ilot Vache, Paris. Le Grand Vefour, Paris (**). La Coupole, Paris. Il Gabrielo, Rome. Imago at the Hassler, Rome (*). Sevva, Hong Kong. l’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong (***). NOBU InterContinental, Hong Kong. The Steak House, Hong Kong (*). Morton’s Steak House, Washington DC. Palm, Washington DC. Lasserre, Paris (**). Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill, London. Sweetings, London. Tre Scalini Piazza Navona, Rome. Ciampini, Rome. Pierre Gagnaire at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong (**). Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa, London. The Savoy Grill, London (*). Simpson’s in the Strand, London. Gordon Ramsay’s Heddon Street Kitchen, London. River Café, New York (*). The Wolseley, London. Mario Batali’s Del Posto, New York (*).Los Caracoles, Barcelona. Bar Mut, Barcelona. Tapas 24, Barcelona. VUN at Park Hyatt Milan (*).Scoma’s, San Francisco. Buena Vista Café, San Francisco. Maison des Tanneurs, Strasbourg. La Casserole, Strasbourg (*). Fink Stuebel, Strasbourg. Goya, Madrid. Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid. Le Pavillon, Zurich (*). Le Gabriel Bistro, Bordeaux. La Tupina, Bordeaux. Brasserie Lipp, Geneva. Il Lago, Geneva (*). Tommy’s Hamburger, Los Angeles. The original Hard Rock Café, London. Benu, San Francisco (***). Gramercy Tavern, New York (*). The French Laundry, Yountville (***).The Modern, Museum of Modern Art New York (**). Le Bernardin, New York (***). La Grenouille, New York (formerly ***). Aquavit, New York (**). Gabriel Kreuther, New York (*). Andanada, New York (*). Marea, New York (**). Nola, New Orleans. Galatoire’s, New Orleans. R’Evolution, New Orleans. Rasoi, Geneva. Cinq Sentits, Barcelona (*). Caelis, Barcelona (*). The Bristol, Boston. Legal Seafood, Boston. The Waverly Inn, New York. Gotham Bar and Grill, New York (*). Eleven Madison Park, New York (***). Tom's Diner, New York (setting for Seinfeld). Cheers, Boston (setting for Cheers) Blue Hill, New York (*). The Peninsula Grill, Charleston. The French Laundry, Yountville (***). Union Oyster House, Boston. Ruth's Chris, Boston. Californios, San Francisco. Campton Place Restaurant (*), San Francisco. Quince (***), San Francisco.