Hotel Insider CEO and Founder Philippe Kjellgren is a successful serial entrepreneur with an unparalleled knowledge of fine hotels and more than 20 years of experience in marketing, sales, branding and web design. Having visited more than 1,500 hotels in 100 countries, Philippe is renowned among the travel industry’s elite. In 2003 he founded Kiwi Collection and in 2009 he created the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection for Visa’s premium cardholders, an initiative that launched in 145 countries and was translated into 10 languages. Philippe’s hotel expertise has made him the go-to resource for everyone from CEOs of leading companies, to royals and heads of state, to supermodels and celebrities. With Hotel Insider’s groundbreaking ratings system and personalized user experience, he is poised to redefine the way sophisticated travellers research and book hotels. Philippe currently lives in London with his wife and dog.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
A David LaChapelle photograph. As an artist, he makes anything look vibrant, entertaining and full of life.
Who inspires you and why? an artist, a family member, someone current or historical?
Philippe Starck's breadth of ability simply inspires me as each new work or piece is revealed. Like a fine wine, he gets better with age.
What are your cultural aspirations? what do you still want to see, do and achieve?
I hope that in the future, more children, from all walks of life are more culturally aware than their predecessors. I work with two charities that ensure solid education for children while helping inform the communities of the wealth of art (of all kinds) from around the world.
What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?
Stockholm. Growing up in Stockholm with such a rich and specific aesthetic and culture, I learned to love Scandinavian design and photographic art at an early age. In my opinion, the Fotografiska museum is one of the highlights for a tourist visiting Stockholm. Papua, New Guinea has perhaps one of my favourite cultures to date. It's impressive to see a culture that dates back thousands of years without change. Unfortunately, cultures like this will soon only be available in text books. Tokyo, the citizen's entire life is culture from food, architecture, fashion and everything in between.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?
I am the CEO and founder of Hotel Insider: www.hotelinsider.com Hotel Insider is the ultimate online destination website for sophisticated travellers to research, book and experience the finest hotels in the world. The company is setting a new industry standard with its creation of a global rating system and the delivery of authentic, authoritative reviews by an in-house team of Insiders who visit each of the selected hotels in more than 140 countries. Along with a comprehensive customer preferences tool, Hotel Insider offers a loyalty program that can be redeemed at any participating hotel. In addition to saving time and money, travellers have the opportunity to give back while using Hotel Insider. A portion of proceeds from all bookings will benefit two partner organisations: Happy Hearts Fund – founded by Hotel Insider global ambassador Petra Nemcova – and the World Childhood Foundation. September 2014.