Category Alumni Stories

A pre-Eid break in Istanbul

October just seems to have flown by in a blur of work, studies, and – luckily – a mini pre-Eid break in Istanbul. After the long, hot summer and Ramadan, business returned to Dubai with a vengeance and everybody tried to cram as much as possible into the few weeks between the end of Ramadan and Eid al Adha, the “greater” of the two Eid festivals, which took place on

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Be prepared to be surprised … if you plan to WOW!

Sunday night. Already dark and gloomy an evening as autumn is closing on Paris too. Waiting for my Eurostar back to London, I suddenly started to watch the waiting crowd through strange lenses. Just one thought came up: “human kind is a very strange breed of animal!” … and I already hear  what you’re starting to think, but indeed look around as if you had just landed on this Planet

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Social Media, Social Marketing … and Us

Do you postpone any networking opportunities with peers, prospects and the like? As with any professional and passionate hoteliers, I shall assume that the answer is ‘no’. So why so many still delay their online engagement when there’s been so much happening? Peter O’Connor* rightly stated in a panel discussion in Paris last year, that “if you don’t talk about your property, some else is, already”. From the very first

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Inspiration? Aspiration? No, despair-ation.

With so many job interviews under my belt, I wanted to write about today’s workforce, our industry, inspiration and aspiration (or the lack of both, rather). I won’t beat about the bush: I despair! We -recruiters, hoteliers- spend hours sifting through dozens of CVs, trying to detect that particular talent who could be the new addition to a fabulous team. In Camden, we even take the time to send a

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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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