Category Alumni Stories

Pura Vida! – Part 2

As I continued my travels through beautiful Costa Rica, truly rich in warm hospitality, I kept remembering the famous words of Mr. Conrad Hilton – the founder of “the greatest of them all” Waldorf Astoria in NYC and the Hilton Hotels chain – “it is our promise to spread the warmth and light of hospitality around the world”. Truly, if you think about a job in hospitality, as the one

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Change Management

[blockquote3]“Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted.” –Winston Churchill[/blockquote3] Don’t be afraid of changes! If there’s one lesson that I’ve learned from all my trips and time abroad it’s that change is the best way to re-route, to input a new direction on our life GPS. Obviously, changing often means being

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Good-bye Cookie Cutter! Hello Individuality!

I recently spent a long weekend in Colombo, Sri Lanka, meeting business partners, sightseeing, and also catching up with one of my Glion Online MBA colleagues. Business appeared to be booming in and around Colombo and many existing hotels are being refurbished or expanded. International chains previously not present in the city are busy planning and building new properties. I stayed at the Galadari Hotel in the heart of the

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Ramadan in Dubai

My 3rd post comes to you from a still pre-Ramadan Dubai where, just like everywhere else in the Muslim world, people are awaiting the official announcement marking the start of Ramadan. Ramadan is the 9th and most important month in the Islamic calendar and is forecasted to start around 20th July. The exact start date is dependent on the sighting of the moon and in Dubai the moon sighting committee

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Pura Vida! – Part 1

This time I want to share with you my latest travel experience. It is midsummer and it is time for vacation. So, for our vacation my friends and I chose the country famous for ecotourism, rainforest, volcanoes, monkeys, exotic birds, and many other fun and interesting things. The name of it is Costa Rica, where everything is Pura Vida! The phrase “Pura Vida!” can rightfully be called the country’s motto:

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