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July 2022

Vincent Gaymard

Events at the Sofitel

The new manager at the Sofitel and Novotel on Marseille’s Vieux-Port makes no bones about his aim to restore the Sofitel to its central place in Marseille life.

By Maurice Gouiran
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Vincent Gaymard is well equipped for the task. He spent years with Accor, where he was most recently manager of the Pullman Marseille Provence Aéroport (2015-2022) and manager of the MGallery Beauvau Marseille Vieux-Port (2011-2015). Vincent Gaymard also chairs the Provence branches of several tourism and hotel trade organisations such as Provence Côte d’Azur Events. All these responsibilities have given him a sound knowledge of the region and its artisans, artists, creatives, brands and assorted talents. And he means to promote them by organising cultural, business and sport-related events in the splendid setting of the Sofitel’s 7th floor, with its unbeatable view of the town. One recent event, with the coming of summer, was a celebration of two key items of Provençal heritage, pastis and pétanque - with a pétanque court set up on the hotel roof. This summer, the Danté Skylounge will have DJ sessions on Thursdays and live bands on Fridays, while a partnership with Château La Coste will put the spotlight on another top-notch product of Provence