Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Swiss Alpine Center: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Swiss Alpine Center: Looking Back, Moving Forward: GSWS Weekender of 2012 thought it might be fun to say "good-bye" to what they focused on in 2012 — and "hello" to what is planned for the...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Looking Back, Moving Forward

GSWS Weekender of 2012 thought it might be fun to say "good-bye" to what they focused on in 2012 — and "hello" to what is planned for the year ahead. So, enjoy the lists prepared by the GSWS Team!
India Issue 6
2012: Looking Back

"Innovation through Imagination" 
$245 per Night 
He's My Brother, She's My Sister 
Global Spa Economy 
Philippe Bourguignon 
Mountain Top 
Green Vistas
Cowboy Boots 
Innovation, Imagination, Industry
Governor of Colorado 
Scenic Road Trip
Cowboy Cuisine 
Student Helpers
Brain Science
Complex World
River Rafting 
Bye, Y'all
2013: Looking Forward

"A Defining Moment"
$190 per Night
Global Wellness Tourism Economy
Andrew Gibson
Forts and Palaces
Pink City 
Fine Gold Jewelry
Ancient Traditions, New Markets, Real Numbers
Minister of Tourism
Luxury Train Ride
Indian Cuisine
Online Student Competition
World of Contrasts
Hot Air Ballooning

Friday, December 21, 2012

Economic Impact of Travel & Tourism 2012

•  Global Travel & Tourism continues to grow in spite of the continuing economic challenges.
•  Despite progressive downgrades to growth forecasts through 2011, the industry grew by 3% over the course of the year (in terms of Travel & Tourism’s contribution to GDP).
•  Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP in 2011 was US$2 trillion and the industry generated 98 million jobs.
•  Taking account of its direct, indirect and induced impacts, Travel & Tourism’s total contribution in 2011 was US$6.3 trillion in GDP, 255 million jobs, US$743 billion in investment and US$1.2 trillion in exports. This contribution represented 9% of GDP, 1 in 12 jobs, 5% of investment and 5% of exports.
•  Growth forecasts for 2012, although lower than anticipated a year ago, are still positive at 2.8% in terms of the industry’s contribution to GDP.
•  Longer-term prospects are even more positive with annual growth forecast to be 4.2% over the ten years to 2022.

Employment Outlook
•  In 2011, 98 million jobs were directly created in the Travel & Tourism industry worldwide.
•  But more than twice as many jobs, 2.5 million, were created as a result of total Travel & Tourism activity – not just jobs directly in the industry, but also those in supply sectors and jobs created by the spending of industry employees.
•  In 2012, a further 2.3 million direct jobs and 5.2 million total (direct/indirect and induced) jobs are expected to be created, resulting in a 2% growth in the industry’s contribution to employment over the year.
•  By 2022, the industry is expected to directly generate 120 million jobs, with total Travel & Tourism employment worldwide projected at 328 million jobs (nearly 1 in 10).

Regional Outlook
•  Strongest growth in Travel & Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP will come from Asia, in particular South Asia (6.7%), driven by India (7.6%) and Northeast Asia also set to grow by 6.7% (driven by continued strong growth in China and the recovery of demand in and for Japan) where rising incomes will generate an increase in domestic tourism spend and a sharp upturn in capital investment.
•  Southeast Asia is slightly lagging its neighbours, with 4.3% forecast growth, with strong performances by Indonesia (7.6%) and the Philippines (9.9%) counterbalanced by just over 2% growth in both Thailand and Singapore. Oceania, which includes the mature markets of Australia and New Zealand, is expected to grow at a slower pace (1.9%), as the continued
strength of the Australian dollar puts pressure on domestic travel and affects the country’s international competitiveness.
Latin America will be one of the strongest performing world regions, with a projected 5.6% growth in Travel & Tourism direct GDP. Brazil, by far the largest Travel & Tourism economy in the region, will lead this growth (7.8%), despite currency pressures and the looming threat of recession. Growth in domestic demand across the region will outpace all other world regions – at 6.8% – highlighting the importance of regional interconnectivity and local and intra-regional markets.
•  The Caribbean remains one of the most tourism-intensive regions, but growth in 2012 will be only slightly higher than the world average at just 2.6%. A decline, in real terms, in capital investment in the region reflects the pressure put on the industry as source markets in North America and Europe tighten their belts.
•  After an extremely challenging 2011 when civil unrest and violence had a dramatic impact on demand for Egypt, Tunisia 
and Libya, North Africa is showing signs of recovery in 2012 with Travel & Tourism direct GDP growth forecast at 3.6%. Morocco (8.3%) will be the star performer of this region as negative perceptions of security continue to affect tourism in Egypt and Tunisia.
•  In the Middle East, where civil unrest and violence in some countries continues, growth will be more subdued (3%), although there are stark differences at country level. Qatar will grow fastest at 13.2% while Syria will likely see another dramatic fall, estimated at 20.5%, as the political situation worsens, increasing concerns over security. It is worth noting that 14% of all international arrivals in the Middle East in 2010 were for Syria, the second most important destination in the region after Saudi Arabia.
•  Sub-Saharan Africa’s direct Travel & Tourism GDP is set to grow fairly strongly at 5.4% over 2011, backed by a combination of increased government expenditure, higher levels of capital investment and an upturn in visitor exports.
•  The mature economies of North America and Europe will continue to struggle in 2012. North America, which is saw a slight upturn in the USA’s economic situation at the end of 2011, should see growth of only 1.3% in Travel & Tourism direct GDP over the year.
•  The prospects for Travel & Tourism growth in Europe in 2012 are precarious. Current forecasts suggest 0.3% growth in Travel & Tourism direct GDP for the region overall, but this will be propped up by newer economies such as Poland and, of course, Russia. A decline of 0.3% is expected across the European Union. Consumer spending is set to tighten 
as austerity measures kick in, and there continues to be considerable uncertainty around the future of the eurozone and peripheral economies of Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

Ten-year outlook
•  Travel & Tourism’s direct contribution to world GDP is set to grow at 4.2% per annum over the next ten years.
•  The Asia Pacific region will continue to lead this growth (6.2% pa), with South Asia outperforming all other world sub-regions at 7.2%.  Growth will continue to be driven by increasing wealth in the middle classes.
•  Africa, Latin America and the Middle East will also outperform the world average over the next ten years with growth at 4.8%, 4.6% and 4.1% pa respectively as incomes rise and government spending follows suit.
•  Mature markets in North America and the Caribbean are forecast to grow their Travel & Tourism direct GDP at 3.3% and 3.1% pa respectively.
•  Current forecasts for Europe, which assume that economic growth will be back on track by 2014, point to long-term growth in Travel & Tourism direct GDP of 2.6% per annum to 2022.

source: Economic Impact of Travel and Tourism 2012, by World Travel & Tourism Council

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ALPINE Graduates hold Key Positions Worldwide

Here are a few examples of where the high standards of Alpine education in combination with the strong Placement & Career Office can lead our competent Graduates:
Intercontinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi
  • General Manager, InterContinental Hotels Group , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • General Manager, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Aghios Nikolas, Crete, Greece
  • General Manager, Crown Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Sohar, Sultanate of Oman
  • Area Manager, Food Fund International (The Meat Co./Tribes/Ribs & Rumps), United Arab Emirates
  • Chief Executive Officer, Astir Palace Hotel Complex, Vouliagmeni, Greece
  • Chief Executive Officer, Hotel Brain, Management, Development, Consulting Company, Greece
  • Owner & Manager, Hotel Archontiko Angelou, Leros Island, Greece
  • Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing , Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, Greece
  • Managing Director, “Hotelwhisperer” Coaching & Training, Wiesb aden, Germany
  • Senior Director, Acquisitions & Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Hong Kong
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
  • Associate Director, HVS-Hotel Consulting & Valuatio, Athens Office, Greece
  • Global Contact Centre Manager at Jumeirah Luxury Hotels, Dubai, UAE
  • Branch Manager Client Services & Retail Specialty, Randstad Hellas, Greece
  • Assistant General Manager, Hotel London, Greece
  • Revenue Specialist, Expedia, UK
  • Hotel Manager, Aquis Hotels and Resorts, Greece
  • Operations Manage , Newrest Catering, Greece
  • Hotel Sales Specialist Marriott International, USA
  • Managing Partner, Platinum Pitch LLC, Lebanon
  • Sales Manager, Hotel Rio, Mexico
  • Revenue Management Executive , Costa Navarino Luxury Resorts, Greece
  • Front Office manager/Reservations Manager, Aqua Sol Hotels, Greece
  • Front Office Manager, Imperial Med Hotel & Spa, Greece
  • Senior Lecturer, Brighton University, UK
  • Manager School Operations , The World of Academy- A GEMS network School, Saudi Arabia
  • Front Office Receptionist, Macdonald Hotels –Lymington, UK Assistant F&B Manager, Candia Maris Resort Spa Crete, Greece
  • Guest Relations Agent, Burj Al Arab, Dubai, UAE
  • Food & Beverage Manager, NJV Athens Plaza, Greece
  • Front Desk Agent at Hilton Worldwide, UK
  • Sales Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group
Costa Navarino Luxury Resorts, Greece

  • Event Manager , OM Greece SA, Greece
  • Operations Manager , Grand Resort Hotel, Cyprus
  • Senior Sales Executive at Olympic Air S.A, Greece
  • Night Auditor at Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Brussels, Belgium
  • Information Systems Manager at Hilton Athens, Greece
  • Banquet Manager, Ledra Marriott Hotel, Greece
  • International Hostess, Celebrity Cruises, USA
  • Guest Services Manager, Concierge, Disney Cruise Lines, USA
  • Front Office & Guest Relations, Paul Gauguin Cruises, GIE Tahiti
  • Sales & Marketing Director, AKS Hotels & Resorts, Greece
  • Entrepreneur, Fabulous Living Couch-Toronto, Canada Business Development · Heliotopos Group, Greece
Hyatt Regency, Cologne
  • Executive Chef, Brasserrie Valaoritou, Athens, Greece
  • Butler, Grande Bretagne Hotel, Luxury Collection, Athens, Greece
  • Food & Beverage Manager, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Astir Palace, Greece
  • Chef, Owner, Old City Summer Hall Restaurant, Moldova
  • F&B Executive, Hyatt Regency, Koln, Germany
  • Business Development Director, Euphoria Club Hotel & Spa · Athens, Greece
  • Managing Partner, BevIntel, Bevinco, Sweden
  • Hospitality Department Executive, MHTERA Hospital, Greece
  • Purchasing Manager, Club Hotel Casino Loutraki, Greece
  • Executive Housekeeper, Moevenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, UAE
  • Sales Department, SAS Scandinavian Airlines System, Athens, Greece
  • Supplier Relations & Marketing Supervisor, TUI Hellas SA Corporate Services, Greece
  • Product Manager, FAGE Dairy Industry, Greece
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Switzerland
  • Sous-chef, Le Sud French Restaurant, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Purser, JSC Aeroflot, Russian Airlines, Moscow, Russia
  • Sales Manager, Swiss International Airlines, Lugano, Switzerland
  • M.I.C.E Director, Chandris Hotels & Resorts, Greece
  • Sales Manager, Elounda SA Hotels & Resorts, Crete, Greece
  • Managing Partner, Amigos Mexican Bar Restaurants, Greece
  • Public Relations Director, Travel Plan, Athens, Greece
  • Personnel Manager, Hyatt Regency Casino, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Marketing Manager Africa & Indian Ocean, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Brussels, Belgium
  • Wedding & Events Executive, Thalassines Beach Villas, Ayia Napa, Cyprus
  • IT Manager, Starbucks Coffee Company Greece, Cyprus, Romania & Bulgaria
  • Course Tutor, Cruise Ship Hotel Operations Course, Alpine Center, Greece
  • Entrepreneur, Organisation Development Consultants, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Executive Chef, Electra Palace Hotel, Athens, Greece
Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, USA

  • Tour guide, Myanmar Travel Agency, Myanmar
  • Chef, Polynesian Restaurant, Athens Ledra Marriot Hotel, Greece
  • Executive Sous Chef, Golf & Country Club, Lake Worth, Florida, USA
  • Chef de Partie, The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, County Wicklow, Ireland
  • Manager, Delphi Leading Hotels Group, Delphi, Greece
  • Manager, Thalassa Hotel, Kefalonia, Greece
  • Managing Partner, Salt & Sugar Donuts House, Athens, Greece
  • Operations Manager, Vanilia Café & Creperie, Kithira, Greece
  • Front Office Agent, Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa, USA
  • Human Resources Coordinator, Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, Greece
  • Operations Manager, Ilio Mare Beach Hotel & Resort, Thasos Island, Greece
  • Sales Manager, Crown Plaza, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Reservations Agent, Vacances Heliades, New York, USA

    Well done Alpiners !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How Disneyland Paris can make your dreams come true!

             Disneyland Paris Recruitment Visit in Athens
          2-3 November 2012
Disneyland-Paris are visiting Athens on 2nd and 3rd November 2012 to interview current and graduate Alpine students for jobs in the Hospitality and Support function areas (such as Marketing, Finance, etc.). They would be happy to meet with you, Alpiners, to allow you discover current and future job opportunities in the fascinating world of Disneyland-Paris.

 Please upload your CV at: http://bit.ly/SJyxzC
source code: “Ecoles Tourisme-Hotellerie”

Resort Representatives: Ticketing, Ride Operator
Sales Representatives: Boutiques, Call Center                         
Hospitality Staff:  Front Office, Bell Services, Banquet: Service or Set-up, Bar: Previous bar experience necessary, Culinary Arts, Table service, Counter Service. 

Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years old upon starting their contract and should be friendly and service-oriented. 
A good knowledge of French and English is required to apply.
Only holders of EU passports can apply for the jobs. 
In more details:
We are interested in candidates who speak English and French and are looking for internship positions or temporary/permanent full time positions in the hospitality sector. Please find more information below:

-        All jobs are based in Marne la Vallée, France

-       Seasonal contracts to celebrate Easter, Summer, Halloween or Christmas  &  Internships (minimum 4 months)   


Resort Representatives
Ticketing - Ticket sales, guest assistance and car flow handling.
Ride operator - Greeting the guests, ensuring safety and assisting with loading and unloading procedures.

Sales Representatives:                         
Boutiques – Sales, cash handling and assistance to our guests.
Call Center – in charge of hotel reservations and park ticket reservations for our guests.

Hospitality Staff:
Front Office – Assisting our guests with check-in and check-out in different European languages in our hotels.
Bell Services – Luggage handling and valet parking in some hotels.
Banquet: Service or Set-up.
Bar: Previous bar experience necessary.
Culinary (Kitchen): Corresponding diplomas or experience required.
Table service: Prior table service experience mandatory.
Counter Service: Sales, cash handling, food preparation and restaurant cleaning. 

Candidates must be a minimum of 18 years old upon starting their contract and should be friendly and service-oriented. 
A good knowledge of French and English is required to apply.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Testimonial *International Hospitality & Tourism Management

Two of our Alpine students,
Stamatis Cheimarios from Corfu and Spiros Karagogeas from Thessaloniki,
did their first internship in Brussels, Belgium, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotels.
Stamatis and Spiros with the F&B Manager (top) and the GM, Mr Erich Zuri (down).
Courtyard by Marriott, Brussels
"One year ago I was being interviewed by Mrs.Hofmann in order to join Alpine Center. Now I work for one of the largest Marriott brands, Courtyard by Marriott in Brussels.
Literally my second interview, after the first of Alpine, was the one that offered me a job in a very demanding, but also rewarding, hotel chain abroad. From the first moment I stepped into Courtyard, I realized the significance of the lessons and recalled the advice of my lecturers in Alpine. Especially the importance of smiling. Mr Koumantakis has a favourite moto: "Find a solution''. Management is all about finding solutions, which is thoroughly tought in Alpine; how to solve problems in the most efficient way on every occasion. It is better to teach someone how to fish, than occasionally provide him with fish.
I would like to invite Alpiners to take the big decision and do an internship abroad and why not Brussels! You have to be brave like Spyros was. He can confirm that it was a fantastic start to his carrer!"
Stamatis Cheimarios

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Master's Program: International Hospitality & Tourism Leadership

Accelerated 12-month Master’s Degree in International Hospitality & Tourism Leadership,
which can also be offered on a part-time basis for the busy professionals
by Alpine Center
Alpine’s MA in International Hospitality & Tourism Leadership, validated by the University of Wales, UK, is unique because it is the only one of its kind in Greece and one of only a few in the European Union.  Another unique aspect of the programme is its research emphasis on hospitality industry leadership behaviors culminating in the design, development and completion of a 20,000 word dissertation. 

“A dissertation not only tests a student’s ability to master research concepts and protocols, it also challenges a student’s capacity for critical thinking and disciplined independent study.  Almost all students find the dissertation the most creative and meaningful aspect of their programme of study,” according to Dr Michael Lefever, Alpine’s Academic Dean.
The aim of the programme is to develop in students a functional knowledge of leadership within the international hospitality and tourism industry.  This demands innovative approaches and the operation of an advanced functional capacity.  Another aim is the critical exploration of the complexities of the industry with advanced levels of theoretical and research knowledge.  The purpose of these aims is to equip graduates of the programme with the ability to critically analyse industry sectors from differing leadership and functional perspectives.

Alpine’s MA graduates enjoy high employability because they are equipped with transferable skills that allow them to seek careers in all segments of the service management industry including information technology, banking, communication, consulting, human resources, education, sales and marketing, finance, and entrepreneurship.
“Alpine’s Master’s degree in International Hospitality and Tourism leadership was my 3rd post-graduate degree (Juris Doctor and MBA).  What makes Alpine’s programme truly unique is a solid grounding in the knowledge areas plus developing your ability to think both critically and creatively.  Alpine’s learning environment is enhanced tremendously by the collegiality of staff who truly care about providing a rich learning experience for each and every student.  Alpine quickly became my “home away from home” and I have made many lifelong friends here.  Thanks to Alpine I was finally able to focus my career path allowing me to eventually create my own consulting firm in Russia, with continuing guidance and assistance from Alpine staff.  Alpine opened many doors for me and it was at Alpine that I finally found myself.” 
Daniil Neofitidi