Kathmandu: The French government has bestowed the distinction of Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole on Philippe Belhay, General Manager of Hotel Yak & Yeti in Kathmandu, for his contribution to the development of the French gastronomy.
On behalf of the French Minister for Agriculture, the distinction was conferred upon Belhay by French Ambassador to Nepal Yves Carmona.
A seasoned hotelier with experiences in managing hotels in Qatar, UK, France, Tunisia, India, China and Nepal, Belhay has been the foremost promoter of the project Goût de France / Good France in Nepal since its inception in 2015.
“Your dedication to your job, I should say to your mission, is so intense that this hotel is also your home. It has been that way in bad times as well as in good times. No one could forget that during the 2015 earthquake, you hosted hundreds of stranded and shocked tourists. With your well trained staff, you kept Yak and Yeti running without any interruption, letting the comfort of your guests take precedence on your own,” Ambassador Carmona said, adding, these are the qualities which have also been honoured by this medal.
Hotel Yak & Yeti, under Belhay’s management, has achieved the International award from World Luxury Hotel Awards, “Global Winner Luxury Historical Hotel” and “Luxury Historical Hotel Country Winner – Nepal in 2015 and 2016 respectively.