Coffee break with... Yoann Vittoz, Responsable régional Sud-Ouest chez Christie & Co

Coffee break with... is a Christie & Co series showcasing the expertise and diversity of our network of over 200 employees.


Where were you when you accepted your position at Christie & Co?
I was in Paris and probably walking around the capital

When did you join Christie & Co?
I joined Christie & Co just over 10 years ago on 28 February 2011

What was your first job?
To pay for my first holiday when I was 15-16 years old, I had to work... My first job was turning Savoy tomatoes in the cellars at Schmidhauser in Annecy

In a few sentences, can you tell us about your work at Christie & Co?
My job is to support and advise investors in their hotel development projects (sale or acquisition) in the South West of France. It also consists of canvassing, by car, by telephone in order to be as close as possible to the professionals in the sector.Our job also consists of being patient and persevering

What do you like best about Christie & Co?
There are two aspects that immediately come to mind
On the one hand, the diversity of the cases we work on and on the other hand, the contact with all the people involved in the hotel sector

If you had to choose a favourite project you have worked on at Christie & Co so far, what would it be?
Working on a project with more than 190 rooms, 4**** in Ile-de-France

What has been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
Starting to work on a portfolio of hotels at the very beginning of the health crisis has been a real challenge

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Being promoted 4 times since I started working at Christie & Co

How has the industry changed since you started at Christie & Co?
It has changed enormously. The hotel sector has boomed in recent years. Whether it's budget hotels, the arrival of youth hostels, boutique hotels or high-end hotels
The sector is always in a state of flux and must constantly innovate and adapt to each consumer of overnight stays while considering the environment that surrounds it.It's exciting

Who do you look up to in your industry?
I have always admired Chris Day. Very good career, his energy, his advice

Tell us a bit about your life outside of work - what are your hobbies?
I like to cook, drink wine, collect vinyl, travel, swim and my town, Annecy, nothing chauvinistic...

What is your hometown? Where do you live now?
I was born in Annecy, in the French Alps, near the border with Geneva, and I now live in Bordeaux

Where did you spend your best holidays?
Cape Reinga in New Zealand, according to Maori legends, Cape Reinga is the place used by the spirits of the dead to return to the afterlife, called Hawaiki

What is your pet peeve?
People who walk beside their bikes

If you could live and work in any city, where would you go?
Melbourne, beautiful mix of architecture and great atmosphere

What would be your meal on a desert island?
Gyozas with a big cold Singha beer

What is your favourite movie?
Very difficult to say but because I've seen it a thousand times: Back to the Future 2

Tell us your favourite joke / What is your favourite film quote?
Jean-Pierre Bacri in City of Fear: "Ah it's going to cut, darling".

What is the thing on your bucket list?
Enjoy life, family and friends

What is your biggest fear?
Swimming alone in the middle of the ocean

What news source do you read every day?
Google news, it's all there!

What is your favourite social network?
Instagram and LinkedIn