General Manager, Hilton Hotels Austria
Member of the WVPU Advisory Board since 2011
The General Manager of the Hilton Hotels in Austria, Norbert Lessing, joined Hilton International as a management trainee in 1981.
Lessing's long career with Hilton led him to many Hilton Hotels all over the world, where he gained experiences in various fields of the hospitality industry, covering everything from IT to Finance, with responsibilities in Europe & Africa.
During his years with Hilton, Lessing was in charge of 3 hotel openings before he accepted his first position as General Manager in Budapest in 1997. The following years he managed the properties in Weimar and Dresden before he moved to Vienna in 2005 with his family. Lessing arrived with his wife Birgit and his two sons Maximilian and Sebastian. Whenever business allows he enjoys spending quality time with his family, reading, hiking and jogging.
Most of the time, however, he is in charge of the Hilton Hotels in Austria, which include three properties in Vienna and one in Innsbruck, among them the Hilton Vienna, which received the "Business Traveller Award" for "3rd Best Hotel in Europe" in 2009.
In Vienna, Hilton offers more than 1100 hotel rooms, 579 at the Hilton Vienna, Austria's biggest hotel with large conference facilities. The main target groups are business travelers,conventions and congresses.
Mr. Lessing is very involved in the social and commercial life of Vienna, as a board member of Börseviertel and President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Austria (AmCham)