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Tourisme / Voyages / Hôtellerie
David Vanagt


À propos de David Vanagt:

My passion for service is translated in the implication for the well being of all stakeholders. As a hands-on manager I lead by example. My flexible, sociable attitude and linguistic skills makes me a solid team player with a commercial attitude and decent analytical skills
I have confirmed experience in amongst others :
- hotel pre-opening and opening
- general hotel management
- employee and management training and coaching
- quality management
- revenue analysis
- yield management
- cost control management


Professional Experience:


Hotel Le Cristal (opening of hotel)

Qualification: 4 star deluxe

# rooms: 46

F&B: 1 restaurant, 2 bars, 2 meeting room

Place de l’Indépendance, B.P. 1017 / Libreville / Gabon

Function  General Manager

Period: 06/2013 – 02/2022




  • Operational setup of all departments of the hotel
  • Adapting strategy and operations to the economically and politically challenging climate
  • Optimizing the operational setup of the hotel and restaurant
  • Supervising the conception and construction of and additional multifunctional meeting room of 50 pax
  • Safeguarding margins by running the entity in a cost-effective way 
  • Creating a comfortable working environment in cooperation with union representatives, resulting in minimal turnover
  • Supervising and improving timely financial reporting
  • Improving and supervising overall hygiene conditions as per industry standards
  • Updating the quality and diversity of food & beverage offering
  • Maintaining the property in a pristine condition
  • Defending the interests of the management company, the owner, the employees and clients with integrity and success 
  • Establishing and maintaining excellent relations with governmental institutions
  • Achieving budget objectives for 8 years
  • Maintaining the number 1 ranking on tripadvisor for 8 years
  • Hotel results:
  • Average annual occupancy of 97%
  • Average annual GOP of 20%
  • Average annual Food Cost of Sales of 34%
  • Average annual Beverage Cost of Sales of 28%
  • Achieved guest satisfaction of 95% year on year
  • Putting in place a successful strategy to face the recent COVID pandemic


Hotel Grand Karavia (opening of hotel)

Qualification: 5 star

# rooms: 197

F&B: 1 restaurant, 3 bars, 3 conference rooms (cap. 300 pax)

5, Route du Golf / Quartier Golf / Lubumbashi / Democratic Republic of Congo

Function  Deputy General Manager in charge of the Rooms Division

Period: 09/2009 – 01/2013




  • Setup of rooms division department
  • Established and maintained excellent relationships with local and national business society and government
  • Managed the changeover of the Property Management System
  • Conception and implementation of appraisal system 
  • Assisted the General Manager in the day-to-day operations of the hotel
  • Managed the hotel in absence of the General Manager
  • Hotel results:
  • Increased occupancy by 15% year on year
  • Increased rooms revenue by 18% year on year
  • Increased conference revenue by 35% year on year
  • Achieved guest satisfaction goal of 85% year on year


Memling Hotel 

Qualification: 5 star

# rooms: 180

F&B: 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 2 conference rooms (cap. 250 pax)

Avenue de la Gombe / Kinshasa / Democratic Republic of Congo

Function– Rooms Division Manager

Period: 01/2009 – 06/2009

Mission: Upgrading the quality of service by analysing and improving procedures / Managing the changeover of the Property Management System






  • Managed the changeover of the Property Management System
  • Restructured the rooms division department 
  • Upgraded the existing procedures to a 5 star level
  • Setup of sales channels 
  • Guaranteed an occupancy of 85%
  • Managed rooms refurbishment with minimum impact on guest discomfort


Campanile Hotel Bruges

Qualification: 3 star

# rooms: 56

F&B: 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 1 conference room (cap. 50 pax)

Rue du Chasseur 20 / 8200 Bruges / Belgium

Function – General Manager

Period: 01/2008 – 12/2008    




  • Managed the changeover of the Property Management System
  • Restructured the housekeeping department
  • Setup of sales channels
  • Implemented a yield management strategy
  • Established and maintained relationships with national and international travel agents and tour operators 
  • Increased occupancy by 6%
  • Increased overall revenue by 9%


Campanile Hotel Vilvoorde

Qualification: 3 star

# rooms: 100

F&B: 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 1 conference room (cap. 50 pax)

Luchthavenlaan 2 / 1800 Vilvoorde / Belgium

Function - Assistant General Manager

Period: 03/2006 – 01/2008




  • Trained and coached employees of the Front & Back Office and F&B department
  • Managed the changeover of the Property Management System
  • Upgraded the existing procedures 
  • Managed the hotel in absence of the General Manager within a challenging business environment
  • Guaranteed an annual occupancy of 85%
  • Achieved guest satisfaction goal of 90%




Master in Hospitality Management

University of Erasmus Rotterdam / The Hague Hotel School

Period: 2004 - 2005



Graduate in Company Management Option Accounting                             

Charles Magne College / Antwerp, Belgium

Period: 1996 – 1999

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