Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Stay tuned!

You are popular, we know, and you have a lot of FB friends. You have many interests and you Like a lot of FB Pages. You get notifications all the time and sometimes you miss the ones coming from people or pages you care the most.
This is how you can Group your Interests, your own way, and view the latest activity easy and fast!
  1. Go to your Interests page and click the Add Interests button.
  2. Click Create List.
  3. Search for the people or Pages you want to add to your list using the search box at the top of the screen, or use the categories on the left to browse.
  4. After you've selected all of the things you want to include on your list, click next.
  5. Pick a name for your list.
  6. Select a privacy setting (learn more). Choose Public if you want others to be able to subscribe to the list you've created.
  7. Click Done.
Note: You don't have to like a Page or subscribe to a person to add them to your list. Adding things to a list and subscribing to a list are independent from liking or subscribing to the Pages and people featured in the list.
Attention: The first rule is to add Alpine Center (Official) page ... but you already know that!!!
... and the title of that list would be, what else? SUCCESS !!!
Have a nice day!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What is common between Alpine Center & a Ferrari?

Alpine Center is the Ferrari of Hospitality & Tourism Management Schools in Greece              

at an affordable price!

One wonders what makes Alpine Center, the Swiss Business School of Hospitality & Tourism Education of City Unity College, now in its 25th year of operation in Greece, the absolute leader in providing hospitality education since decades.

Alpine Centers Portfolio of Courses offers something for everyone; hospitality and tourism is a vast industry with many different career paths. If you want to manage a hotel,  a travel agency, restaurant  or a spa, or be an event organizer, or maybe an executive chef, or an airline employee, or an entrepreneur managing your own business, Alpines different programmes of study will offer you specialized courses to meet your career objectives. Alpine’s Industry Advisory Board ensures that the programmes of study are relevant and meet the current needs of the industry.
Another important reason for Alpines outstanding reputation is the admirable employment placement rate of almost 100%.  Alpine graduates are in leading positions throughout the world; From Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong to Toronto and New York, Stockholm to Dubai, Moscow to Kiev, London to Beirut, Cannes to Amman, Brussels to Kuwait, Wiesbaden to Melbourne, Zurich to Thessaloniki, Miami to Santorini, Crete and Corfu  to name a few of the cities and islands were Alpiners are proving their commitment to their profession. Read all about them in Success Stories.  Alpines Career & Placement Office ensures that every Alpiner is guided and assisted in embarking on a successful career!
And for a taste of what studying and living at Alpine is all about, click Testimonials to read what current students and graduates had to say about their stay and studies with us!

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Success story *Stavros Mavridis

Stavros Mavridis
Spa Management Diploma at Alpine Center
Spa Manager at Amanzoe, Porto Heli

Stavros Mavridis proudly holds the position of Spa Manager at Amanzo'e in Porto Heli, Amanresorts’ third Mediterranean retreat – the Greek complement to Montenegro’s Aman Sveti Stefan and Turkey’s Amanruya. 
Amanzo'e, Porto Heli
During my studies in U.K. I saw the potential in the wellness and health industry. I have worked as a physiotherapist, as fitness instructor and as spa therapist in big hotel chains in Greece where I gained a valuable experience as a therapist and as a hotel employee. I have opened and launched 3 spas until now, and trained staff along with the development for the spa concept”

Stavros has been involved in the Greek spa industry for the last seven years.  His career started as a therapist and fitness instructor with the Grecotel chain of hotels.  After working as a therapist and later on as a Spa Manager in 5 star hotels.  Stavros set-up and managed two spas, the ‘Dreamway Spa’ at Hotel Xenia in Volos, and ‘The Spa’ at the Alexander Beach Hotel in Alexandroupolis.  He then became the Spa Manager of Capsis’ ‘Out of the Blue Elite Resort’ in Crete. Before joining the Amanresorts, he was Spa manager at Thraki Palace Hotel Thalasso & Wellness Spa, one of the largest wellness and spa developments in Greece where his involvement in the pre-opening includes working with large spa brands in Greece and internationally, product and treatment development, marketing, training and eventually the day-to-day operations. 
Thraki Palace Thalasso & Wellness Spa

Stavros holds two Bachelor of Science degrees: in Sports Physical Education from Democritus University of Greece and in Physiotherapy from the University of Wales, College of Medicine, UK.  Finally, he obtained the Spa Management Diploma of the online program at Alpine College. This pathway during his career was the right one in order to cooperate with the International Hotel & Spa luxury chains. 

Stavros is co-founder and Executive Director of the Spa Managers Club of Greece, with goal and vision to raise standards in the Greek spa industry. He was the coordinator for the first ever Greek Spa industry benchmarking report under the coordination with the Intelligence Spa. He is also a member of SID at SETE. 

"We are ever so proud of Stavros' contributions to the Greek Spa Industry and the launch of the Spa Managers Club of Greece and wish him every success in his new position!" says Sybil Hofmann, President of Alpine Center.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Interview about Spa Management

Sybil Hofmann
Alpine Center
the Swiss Business School for Hotel & Tourism Management Education

Alpine, decided, with the help of Spa specialists, to design and launch a Spa Management course to prepare the future managers of the spa industry.

1) What current market needs does this new specialization in Spa Manager address? According to what criteria did you decide to launch this spa management course?
The health and wellness industry is the fastest growing segment of the hospitality and leisure industry both in Greece and globally. For years, spas were seen as havens for the rich, places where privileged people could be soothed and pampered.  Today, however, thanks in part to the economic boom of the 90’s and the growing trend among many people to indulge themselves, spas have become increasingly popular and profitable.  Revenues generated from this industry are very substantial with high profit margins. 

With this blooming sector, the demand for qualified staff to manage spa’s has also increased. A Spa Manager needs to be a highly effective business manager and must be able to compete in an intensely competitive industry that is constantly changing.

Spas’ are today an integrated concept of various hospitality industries. They can be found in every new 4 and 5 stars hotels. They are also being incorporated in existing establishments in order not to lose market share or competitiveness, especially when consumers are very spa savvy and difficultly ‘fooled’

In the last two years, Alpine Center has received many requests from hotel managers or owners looking for specialized spa managers, strengthening even more the importance of integrating spas to their core businesses in order to remain profitable and competitive.

It was therefore not surprising that Alpine, decided, with the help of Spa specialists, to design and launch a Spa Management course to prepare the future managers of the spa industry.

Although this course does not at the moment endeavor to develop technical skills, such as spa treatments and spa cuisine, it will however emphasize business knowledge and skills introducing students to the different treatments and services offered at a spa; it will include visits to 5* spas and industry experts as guest lecturers. Furthermore, students will have to complete a 20 weeks industry placement in a reputable spa in order to apply the theory learned.

Successful spa management requires good business and administrative skills combined with customer service skills.

2)  What new trends can be identified in the global market and how can they be addressed through education?
To start with, it is important to identify the different types of spas representing distinct sectors such as the resort spa, destination spa, day spa, hotel spa with full service spa including fittness, thalassotherapy, cruise ship spa, medical spas,  health farm, etc.  It is important to create a transparent categorization system for spas in order to convey and market them to the consumer. 

A recent trend is the resort-based  “hybrid” concept  which helps a spa to maximize its economic potential by offering different services to different customers.  For example it is a resort spa for the conference guest who may only have time for an ala carte treatment, yet it also appeals to the leirsure guest who wants to enjoy an ala carte treatment, a half day spa package or a multi-day themed spa get-away.  The local community can use it as a “day spa” that provides everything from an hour to a full day “spa vacation” experience.  The spa can be a membership-based “club spa” for the local community.  This way you have more options to market the spa and be more profitable.

In the US spas are becoming part of up-scale residential communities so that people can “live the spa life” and increase their lifestyle balance, productivity and creativity.   More and more people want to live and work in communities with spa and lifestyle programs that enhance their quality of life with fitness and wellness activities and health enrichment programs.  The spa will be a new type of social and business center or club where people can network and at the same time take care of themselves. Spas will be the new centers for personal enrichment offering life-enriching seminars and programs that focus on activities such as wine tasting, art, music, cooking, pain management, healthy aging

A future trend is to make spas more affordable and accessible so that people will take spa treatments on a regular basis rather than just on a special occasion basis.  This will see an increase in spa utilization and therefore more profits.  A lot of people have never been in a spa for anxiety of the unknown.  If spas expect to grow their business, they need to think about how to attract the non-spa-goer by overcoming various barriers to entry.

It is important to create spa experiences that will touch people physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.  Staff will need to be trained to be “experience makers”  and they need to be taught and empowered to customize and personalize the spa treatments based on the person’s needs, interests, time and budget so that they create an experience that makes guests return for more.

An emerging trend is creating a spa brand.  This is becoming increasingly important as spa users will base their decisions on the strength and reputation of the brand.  It will be critical that consistency becomes the defining factor.

Another growing market is the medical spa which integrates spa services with conventional and complimentary therapies and treatments.    Dermatologies and plastic surgeons have been jumping on the bandwagon offering higher level spa services and care.

Finally, spas goers are concerned about taking care of themselves and the environment.  They appreciate it when the spa has green policies regarding organic products, cleaning agents, utilities, etc.

Current spa operators here in Greece view spas as a support service rather than a proper business entity and many do not employ a full-time manager.  Therefore many spas are underperforming because of the lack of good management practice and commercial knowledge.  Many spa owners are former therapists who may be good at giving a good massage but do not have business sense.  Therefore, as mentioned before, spas need to employ managers who are business savvy with an excellent knowledge of spa products and services.    The need for a standard approach to qualifications at all levels is becoming more important.  Therapists need to be highly qualified in the various treatments and in retail sales as they should recommend products and increase profitability.

Successful spa management requires good business and administrative skills combined with customer service skills. Spa managers are responsible for keeping the spa operational, much like hotel or resort managers. They train and manage employees, keep inventory, order supplies, create work schedules, resolve customer service issues, handle some accounting and manage the marketing and advertising of the spa.  Thus, spa managers should receive an education comparable to hotel management including operations, business and accounting courses.

 It takes special people to work in spas, those who enjoy and believe in the future of the wellness industry, who possess excellent customer service skills and those who care about providing exceptional experiences to spa goers. These are the men and women who will make outstanding spa managers.
2)     Until now,  what interest has been shown in the new course?
We were pleased to receive a number of enquiries from current spa employees wishing to upgrade their positions and enrich their knowledge.  We also received commendations from companies that sell products to the spa industry, mentioning that from their experience they know there is lack of management expertise in many spas.  A few of our current students have also expressed an interest in following this course.  It takes special people to work in spas, those who enjoy and believe in the future of the wellness industry, who possess excellent customer service skills and those who care about providing exceptional experiences to spa goers.  These are the men and women who will make outstanding spa managers.
The future belongs to spas that make a point of remaining aware of consumer behaviour and preferences and marketing their services accordingly. 
3)     What do you believe are the prospects in the future?
According to a recent Spa Industry research study, spas will continue to be a thriving business sector.  Given the increasing perception that spa services contribute to overall health and the fact that stress seems to be dominating most people’s lives now-a-days, this is hardly surprising.  The future belongs to spas that make a point of remaining aware of consumer behaviour and preferences and marketing their services accordingly. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Testimonial *Spa Management

"I have now completed the online Spa Management course and am pleased to say that it has been most enjoyable! Like most online courses, it allows you to read and do the assignments on your own time but it's such interesting, useful information and it allows you to apply what you learn into your daily life at the spa. I have been working in a spa for the past five years and I've already noticed an improvement on my working tactics. There is so much more about the spa industry and studying a management course particularly targeted for spas is very intriguing and exciting. Thank you so much Alpine for finally making it all happen for all of us spa-goers!"

Francesca Umili, San Francisco, USA

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Spas for men

A growing number of men are going to spas -- with their wives or girlfriends, with their male partner, or on their own. Men now make up nearly a third of all spagoers, according to the International Spa Association. And they're not just signing up for sports massages and manicures. They're getting facials, Vichy showers, and body scrubs.
The reason? Spas have learned how to create a gender-neutral atmosphere where both men and women feel comfortable, with treatments that are named specifically for men like the "Gentleman's Facial." And culturally, spas have gone so mainstream that they don't seem like something for women anymore.
Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has gone a step further, creating a treatment room where men can multi-task as they get worked on. Called the MVP room, it has a wide-screen TV, newspapers and business magazines, and an executive-like decor.
There are even men-only spas, like Nickel Spa For Men in NYC , The Grooming Lounge in Washington, D.C.,and The Absolute Spa at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
source: www.about.com

WILLOW STREAM - Fairmont Spa

NICKEL Spa for Men - New York - London
THE ABSOLUTE SPA - Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Best Female Chef 2012

The Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award celebrates the work of an exceptional female chef whose cooking excites the toughest of critics. The award is inspired by the life and achievements of Madame Clicquot, who nearly 200 years ago, set the standard for women in business. The winner reflects Madame Clicquot’s attributes of innovation, creativity and determination.
Elena Arzak, best female chef 2012
Elena is the fourth generation of the Arzak family to head up the restaurant since it opened in 1897. In the past five years, the restaurant has consistently ranked within the top 10 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list and was the first Basque restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars. A highly decorated family, Elena’s father Juan Mari Arzak was honoured with the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Award at last year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants ceremony.
Having learnt her craft at home, Elena expanded her horizons through extensive travel. She studied in Lucerne, Switzerland before moving through the great kitchens of Europe including Maison Troisgros, Bras and Pierre Gagnaire in France, Le Gavroche in London and El Bulli in Spain before returning to the family business.
Elena has won international respect for her constantly evolving, cutting edge, research-based approach to cooking and experimentation with flavours. Through her single-minded dedication to Arzak and its signature Basque cuisine, Elena oversees not only a thriving restaurant but by working in tandem with her famous father, Juan Mari, has ensured that it is recognised as one of the most influential restaurants in the world today.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Food Art

Food is more than necessity! It's ART! It's FUN!!!
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1527 – 1593

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Top 10 Richest Chefs in UK ... why not you too?

Eating your favorite food made by the richest chef in UK will be a nice experience to have. People will love to eat the delicious food created by a reliable and reputable chef in the world. If you think that chef cannot make a lot of money, you are totally wrong. They can make to the list of richest people.
1. Gordon Ramsay, 39
Gordon Ramsey is on the first place of the richest chef in UK. In the age of 39, this man can collect the net worth at £67m. He has a lot of restaurants. He was born in Glasgow. This man gets to Michelin Stars for 3 years. Some of his TV shows include Beyond Boiling Point (2000) and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (2004).
Richest chef in UK: Gordon Ramsay
Richest chef in UK: Gordon Ramsay

2. Jamie Oliver, 31
Jamie Oliver can make in the list of richest chef in UK. He is still young but he can gain the net worth of £58m with his ability to cook delicious and tasteful food. This man has two restaurants. Both are Fifteen Cornwall and Fifteen. He also has some cooking programs on TV such as Jamie’s School Dinners (2004) and Jamie’s Great Italian Escape (2005).
Richest chef in UK: Jamie Oliver
Richest chef in UK: Jamie Oliver

3. Rick Stein, 59
Rick Stein is a professional chef nicknamed as Padstein. He can collect £36m from his restaurants, books, and television programs. If you want to enjoy the taste of his food, you may visit Rick Stein’s Café; Seafood Restaurant, and Stein’s Fish.
Richest chef in UK: Rick Stein
Richest chef in UK: Rick Stein

4. Delia Smith, 65
Delia Smith does not have any background of cooking. She left school in the age of 16 and initially worked a trainee hair dresser. With no qualification, she began to work as cookery columns in Daily Mail. She now works as an author and television presenter. In the age of 65, she can gain the net with at £25m.
Richest chef in UK: Delia Smith
Richest chef in UK: Delia Smith

5. Antony Worrall Thompson, 55
Antony Worrall Thompson was born in Stratford. This man opened Ménage à Trois in Knightsbridge. It is a restaurant serving people with pudding and starts. Princess Diana used to like this food. This man has appeared on many television programs such as Food and Drink and Worrall Thompson Cooks.
Richest chef in UK: Antony Worrall Thompson
Richest chef in UK: Antony Worrall Thompson

6. Marco Pierre White, 45
Marco Pierre White is listed in richest chef in UK. He can collect the net worth in the rate of £10m. He arrived in London when he was 16. This celebrity chef was trained by Gordon Ramsay. Now this man has nine restaurants that you can visit with friends and family such as Mirabelle; L’Escargto; and Drones.
Richest chef in UK: Marco Pierre White
Richest chef in UK: Marco Pierre White

7. Gary Rhodes, 46
Gary Rhodes is 46-year old man who can gain the income at £8m. This man has opened many types of restaurants in some areas. If you want to steal his recipe, you can read his book of Food with Friends (2002) and Keeping It Simple by Gary Rhodes (2005).
Richest chef in UK: Gary Rhodes
Richest chef in UK: Gary Rhodes

8. Raymond Blanc, 56
Raymond Blanc began his career as a chef in the age of 21 year old. He opened his first restaurant in the age of 28 called as Les Quat’ Saisons, in Oxford. You can visit Great Milton and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons to taste his food and drink. This man can reach the cash around £7m.
Richest chef in UK: Raymond Blanc
Richest chef in UK: Raymond Blanc

9. Nigella Lawson, 46
Nigella Lawson is the daughter of Nigel Lawson and the sister of Dominic Lawson. This woman can earn the cash at £3m. She does not have any restaurant. Some of her TV shows include Forever Summer (2002) and Nigella (2005). You can also read her book of How to be a Domestic Goddess (2000) and Nigella Bites (2001).
Richest chef in UK: Nigella Lawson
Richest chef in UK: Nigella Lawson

10. Heston Blumenthal, 40
Heston Blumenthal is on the last richest chef in UK list. This man can gain a lot of success by earning the cash at £2m. He is famous under the nickname of molecular gastronomy. He likes to make weird dishes made from snail porridge, bacon ice cream, and egg.
Richest chef in UK: Heston Blumenthal
Richest chef in UK: Heston Blumenthal

You could create your own success story if you start it right!

Culinary Arts Program, Swiss Alpine Center in Greece or Switzerland! !!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

New Culinary Arts Programme in Switzerland

New: 2-year Culinary Arts Programme in Switzerland

Alpine Center proudly announces the launch of its 2-year state-of-the-art Culinary Arts programme hosted at the Swiss School of Tourism & Hospitality (SSTH) campus in Chur/ Passugg, Switzerland.

Alpine Center, a leading and innovative Swiss Business School for Hotel & Tourism Management has been educating students for decades from all over the globe for leading positions in the hospitality, culinary and tourism industry. As of January 2013 Alpine Center will also offer its Culinary Arts programme in Switzerland hosted at the beautiful SSTH Campus in the Swiss Alps. This world-class programme has been developed by Alpine Center to prepare successful graduates for top careers in the global foodservice industry. 

For more information you can reply to this email or visit the Culinary Arts Diploma webpage

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Tel.: +30 210 8983 022 (admissions office)
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