HSMAI Region Europe Profile: Tomi Meriläinen

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Tomi Meriläinen
General Manager
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel Oslo

Q: What does a day at work consist of for you?

A: Supporting my management team in their work, following up on-going projects, walking around and talking to both guest and staff, following up on performance and looking into the future. In a large hotel there is a lot going on and every day is different. Some days are more desk based and the others are filled in with meetings and conversations over the phone or Skype.

Q: What’s the best part of your job?

A: Versatility of tasks. There are many areas to handle and my focus is shifting depending on the situation and needs. Particularly I enjoy developing the way things are done and coming up with new ideas to be implemented.

Q: Do you have anyone you’ve looked up to?

A: I have had the pleasure to work with people from different backgrounds and nationalities and there have been many people that have inspired me. I believe there is something to learn from everyone and would not state just a name or two. I look up to everyone that has the courage to live their life to the fullest without regret and fear.

Q: Do you have any nice traditions at your office?

A: “Julegrøt” which I am very much looking forward to this year.

Q: What do you think is the best thing about HSMAI?

A: Bringing professionals together.

Q: Are there any activities or projects you think HSMAI should start up?

A: Too early to say, being new to the organisation.

Q: Describe your perfect weekend.

A: Good sleep, morning yoga, sunshine, meeting friends and enjoying life. Nothing beats a weekend boat ride on the Oslo Fjord in the summer.

Q: If you were trapped on a desert island, what would you take with you, if you could choose one thing?

A: An endless container of drinking water. The first thing to do in the morning is drink water.

Q: What is the title of the book about your life?

A: There and back again.

Q: What is your next travel-destination?

A: Somewhere in the Norwegian mountains. I am looking forward to a lot of skiing the upcoming winter.

Q: Do you have any special hobbies?

A: I am very curious person and tend to get easily excited about new things. Sports is a crucial part of my daily routine and can hardly be a day without any exercise. I do enjoy the outdoor exercise facilities around Oslo. I guess this does not count for anything special though.

Q: Thank you for your time. Do you have any personal comments?

A: It’s good to be in Norway and looking very much forward to enjoying the local outdoors oriented way of life.