Consensio Holidays launches new luxury ski chalet company

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Consensio Holidays is a new co-operative chalet business set to re-shape the future of chalet companies. Whilst historically chalet operators have retained chalets on a long-term fixed rental basis and paid in advance, thus exposing themselves to financial risk, Consenio Holidays works with the chalet owner directly and operates on a profit-sharing basis.

Consensio Holidays is a new co-operative chalet business set to re-shape the future of luxury ski chalet companies. Whilst historically chalet operators have retained chalets on a long-term fixed rental basis and paid in advance, thus exposing themselves to financial risk, Consenio Holidays works with the chalet owner directly and operates on a profit-sharing basis. This obviously offers a far lower risk to both chalet operator and owner alike, an appealing factor in this recession-weary climate, that means neither party will be exposed to the scale of loss experienced by the likes of the deceased Descent. The added advantage for owners is that they have the flexibility and absolute right to use the chalet how and when they wish, rather than being restricted to set owner weeks at the behest of the operator.

Ceri Tinley one of the founders of Consensio Holidays (who created the business model), said: "Our business plan has come about because of the down turn on the market and the forced change of relationship with chalet owners. Many chalet owners are tired of operators dictating terms as to how and when they can stay in their multi-million pound assets. This never felt fair to me. With our model, our owners can enjoy the 5 star service Consensio offers and share some of the responsibility for our company's success."

When the jungle drums started making noises about Descent's demise, chalet owners were eager for advice on how to manage future operations. As an ex-FD of Descent, it was to France-based Ceri Tinley that owners turned and her philanthropy has paid off with Consensio coming together in record timing, and just as the ski season is kicking in.

The chalets already featured in Consensio's portfolio are:

Luxury ski chalets in Meribel:                        

  •          Ski Lodge Boreale; Ski Lodge Aurore; Chalet Les Brames; Chopine

Luxury ski chalets in Courchevel:

  •          Hermine

Luxury ski chalets in Val d'Isere:

  •          Montana; Elephant Blanc

These chalets offer the exquisite standards that the wealthy and glitterati have come to know and expect, for which there will always be a need in the 21st Century. Each chalet will be fully-staffed and well-stocked with enjoyable amounts of champagne, locally sourced food, sumptuous lotions for that ever important soak-in-the-tub and any other creature comforts that guests require - nothing is too much trouble.

We bring you Consensio Holidays - it's looking like a win-win all round. Consensio Holidays (http://www.consensioholidays.co.uk ; 0844 232 7296)

Background on Consensio Holidays

Founders of Consensio:
Ceri Tinley started her career in Jersey working for Deloitte Offshore managing a portfolio of high net worth Russian and European clients. Resident in the French Alps, Ceri started her alpine career with Snowline / VIP involved in operational management. Ceri was the Financial Controller for Descent International for the period 2004 - 2008. She has recently launched the 'Overseas Office' providing support to private chalet owners and small alpine operators.

Stuart Pinnell has extensive experience developing and managing hotels for premium brands such as Shangri-La International and Le Meridien. Moving back to the UK, he was Director of Tourism and Business Development for Guernsey. Stuart was the CEO of Descent International for the period 2007-2008

The Consensio team - is made up of a full time HR manager, Operations manager and Guest Relations manager. Emma Cripwell from Angel Publicity is heading up our PR and Kate Thompson is managing our Marketing.

Consensio contact details: 08442327296 http://www.consensioholidays.co.uk

Chalets in the portfolio and locations
Meribel - Chalet Chopine (10 beds) Ski Lodge Boreale (10+2 beds); Ski Lodge Aurore(10 beds); Chalet Les Brames(15 beds)
Courchevel 1850 - Chalet Hermine (10beds)
Val d'Isere - Montana (12+3 beds); Elephant Blanc (10 beds)

Chalet staff:
Each chalet is staffed by experienced hospitality professionals. The team is handpicked and trained in house. The chalet manager oversees the whole team and is responsible for the chalet. The assistant manager oversees the service and housekeeping side of the chalet. The chef is responsible for the gastronomic delights in the chalet and the chauffeur provides a dedicated transport service in the chalet 4x4 Mercedes within the resort.

Consensio investors:
Joanna Yellowlees-Bound, a graduate from Oxford University, has worked with Erna Low, the Doyenne of the ski industry, for the past 25 years and on Miss Low's retirement in 1994, became her Partner and Managing Director of the company taking full control as Owner in 2002. Joanna has a wealth of experience in the ski industry and is CEO of both her travel company, http://www.ernalow.co.uk and her specialist property company http://www.ernalowproperty.co.uk.

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