Friday, September 28, 2012

Internships in pictures!

Are you dreaming of a fascinating career that will allow you to discover some of the most beautiful locations in the world?

Alpine’s Hotel & Culinary Management Programmes of study will take you to work in the most luxurious properties in the most beautiful locations!

Look at some of the hotels where Alpine students did their industry placements this year!

The W Hotels Barcelona ..

W Hotels Barcelona

Hotel Arts, The Ritz Carlton, Barcelona

Four Seasons in the Maldives

 Ritz Carlton Powerscourt Ireland

Astir Palace Vouliagmeni, Startwood Hotels & Resorts, Greece

Le Meridien Hotel, Mauritius

Mandeville Hotel, London

Afternoon Tea at the Mandeville Hotel

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Internships in words!

Nothing beats Industrial Placements or “Internships”

in preparing students for real life work experience!

Industry placement or “internships” are an integral part of the curriculum in all Alpine Center’s programmes of study.  Students are required to complete two industry placements of 20 weeks each in order to graduate with a Swiss Diploma.
Although students have the opportunity to put theory into practice during the academic year at the hotel school, industry placements provide students with the opportunity to gain more “hands-on” experience with real guests in luxury hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, spas and events companies.
Industrial placements are an excellent way of building on the knowledge and skills gained during their first and second years of the curriculum. 
Industrial placements also enable the students to establish an industry network in leading hotel organizations or related establishments around the world.  Alpine’s dynamic Career & Placement Director counsels students at the beginning of the year and provides them with workshops to prepare them for interviews and the work experience. Students have the option to perform their industry placements all over the world. This allows them to experience foreign cultures and acquire knowledge of international hospitality management.
Attached is an impressive list of this year’s placements in a range of countries including  Greece, Vietnam,  USA, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mauritius, Maldives, Germany, France, Spain, Ireland, Jordan, Dubai.
During the placement, students complete a logbook and write two reports connected to their place of work and demonstrating problem solving skills by identifying a problem in their workplace and suggesting a solution.   These reports provide additional information for placement mentors and lecturers on trends and developments in the industry which can be shared in the classroom.
Many students use their industry placements as a strategic avenue to become employed by the company of their choice following their graduation!

Students of Alpine Hospitality & Tourism Management Department of City Unity College are on exciting internships in leading hotels, restaurants and events companies all over the globe:   Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Maldives, Mauritius, Spain, Thailand, Tunisia, UAE, UK, USA & Vietnam!
Aldemar Hotels & SPA (Crete, Rhodes, Peloponnese, Greece)
Aloft Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)
Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes (Rhodes, Greece)
Asta Suites (Santorini, Greece)
Astir Palace Resort, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Athens, Greece)
Athenaeum InterContinental (Athens, Greece)
Capsis Hotels & Resorts (Crete, Greece)
Colter Bay Village Grand Teton Lodge Company (Wyoming, USA)
Courtyard by Marriott Brussels Hotel (Brussels, Belgium)
Costa Navarino, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Messinia, Greece)
Crowne Plaza Athens (Athens, Greece)
Elounda SA (Crete, Greece)
Elysium Resort & Spa (Rhodes, Greece)
Esperos Palace (Rhodes, Greece)
Four Seasons Maldives (Maldives)
Grand Resort (Limassol, Cyprus)
Helios S.A. Elounda Beach & Elounda Bay Palace Elounda (Crete, Greece)
Hotel Arts Barcelona, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel (Barcelona, Spain)
Istion Club and SPA (Chalkidiki, Greece)
La Residence Hotel & Spa (Hue, Vietnam)
Le Meridien Ile Maurice (Mauritius)
Le Tuilpier, (Champagne Region, France)
Louis C Jakobs Hotel (Hamburg, Germany)
Lindos Blu (Rhodes, Greece)
Mandarin Oriental (Barcelona, Spain)
Messonghi Beach Hotel (Corfu, Greece)
Metropolitan Hotel (Athens, Greece)
Mövenpick Hotel (Tunisia)
Mykonos Grace (Mykonos, Greece)
Nostos Apartments (Santorini, Greece)
O&B Athens Boutique Hotel (Athens, Greece)
Palace Kamp Spa Helsinki (Helsinki, Finland)
Ramada Hotel (Amman, Jordan)
Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel (Antwerp, Belgium)
Regal Oriental Hotel (Hong Kong)
Restaurant Santceloni two Michelen stars (Madrid, Spain)
Ritz Carlton Powerscourt (Ireland)
Santorini Grace (Santorini, Greece)
Sheraton Rhodes Resort (Rhodes, Greece)
Skiathos Palace (Skiathos, Greece)
St. George Lycabettus (Athens, Greece)
The Cove Rotana Resort - Ras Al Khaima (UAE)
The Genie Lifestyle Management (Athens, Greece)
The Mandeville Hotel (London,UK)
The Margi (Athens, Greece)
W Barcelona, Starwood Hotels & Resorts (Barcelona, Spain)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Testimonial *BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management, Cruise Ships

Earn a BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management
validated by the University of Wales, Uk and land your dream job!
Take advantage of the many job opportunities on cruise ships!
Vanessa Koustas, the Alpine graduate who studied the Diploma in Hotel Management, currently works on the Paul Gaugin Cruise Ship.
Vanessa KoustasVanessa Koustas has this to say about her exciting experience on M/S Paul Gauguin 5 star cruise ship sailing in the French Polynesia:

“I have been working on a cruise ship for over a year now as an International Hostess but started at the Reception desk of Paul Gauguin travelling in French Polynesia.

It is really a great job, hard at the beginning but nothing more rewarding than seeing guests come back to thank me for the services I was able to provide to them. I am truly motivated working on this cruise ship because as an employee you are appreciated by your superiors especially when you demonstrate a professional attitude which was instilled in me by Alpine Center.  This is the workplace where I see the results of a superior Swiss education! I see opportunities of reaching higher positions, but also different ones. The pay is also very good. 

I really hope many new students will apply for the BA(Hons) International Hospitality & Tourism Management at City Unity College and truly encourage everyone to try at least once this unique experience of working on board a 5 star cruise ship!”

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Results of the Facebook 2,000 Fans Alpine Competition


We are happy to announce the results of the FB "2,000 fans Alpine Competition"! 

The big winner is GEM VAG who won an online course,
in the value of €290, in any of the 30 courses offered by Alpine Center, Switzerland,
in collaboration with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

But since we do not want to disappoint the rest of the participants,
we offer an online course for €200 instead of €290!!! 

The following people may contact

within 5 working days (till Tue. 2/10/12) to claim their prize!!!

Gem Vag
Kostas Sinis
Matthew Sellers
Zoë Theodorou 
Alilo Sidali
Dimitris Grillis
Ocsicnarf Sidirubak 
Biniyam Nega
George Vlas
Philippe Dirmikis
Evangelia Kyrimaki
Despina Theodoridou
Alexandra Skourti
Konstantinos Rokos
Mata Lefkimmiati
Katia Xatzigianni
Constantinos Xideas


Monday, September 24, 2012

e-Learning Hospitality Management

Are you looking for professional development courses to fit your busy lifestyle?
Do you wish you could “attend” class while sitting in a park, on the beach, in your living room or at the local coffee shop?
Our e-Learning Hospitality Management courses give you the flexibility you need, and the quality you deserve!

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute offers a rich portfolio of Distance Learning courses in Hospitality Management almost all of which are now offered via e-learning! Textbooks will be on line unless you wish to purchase them in addition.
Basically, the e-learning method is very user friendly, allows you to 'study' at your own time, practice with quizzes before you take the final exam, and communicate with your tutors when you need clarifications! Available learning resources include various interactive features such as video, key terms, web links, case studies, and exhibits.
Under the guidance of your facilitators you may enroll on one course, or a 5-Course Certificate of Specialization (Rooms Division, Food & Beverage, Human Resources, Accounting, Marketing & Sales, Accounting & Finance, Club Management, and International Hotel Management).  In this case you take 5 courses in the specialization of your choice.
Alternatively you may opt to take 8 courses that will lead to the Certificate in Hospitality Operations, or 12 courses that lead to theHospitality Management Diploma or the 12 course Diploma in Food & Beverage Management.   
We are pleased to offer you a special fee per course which is 290 Euro and that includes the textbook or access to the virtual learning environment, the tutorials you receive from the facilitators,  the administering of the final exam, and the issuance of the Certificates and final Diploma. 
If you are interested in enrolling please contact Alpine Center and ask for the application form where you may indicate the course(s) of your preference and return for processing. Once we receive the application form and full payment we will give you access to the virtual learning environment with further instructions on how to contact your tutors.
Once you are connected to the virtual learning environment,  you have up to 4 months to complete studying a course and once you are ready for the test, you will get in touch with us and we will organize for you to take the test online.  The test is compiled of 100 multiple-choice questions and you will need to score 70% in order to pass it. Upon successful completion of the test you will receive a Certificate on each course or the appropriate Diploma (based on your chosen curriculum).  
More details about the single courses, the 5 courses specialization, the 8 courses Operations Certificate and the 12 courses Hospitality Management Diploma could be found on the Alpine Center web site.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Facebook 2,000 Fans Alpine Competition

We are happy to announce the Alpine Competition for the 2,000 Facebook page fans!

You make us so happy with your loyalty and love, so we want to offer you a fantastic gift.
What you have to do, is LIKE the relevant Facebook Post AND COMMENT

You have to do BOTH!

You then automatically enter the lottery list for winning the ALPINE prize!!!
The name of the winner will be announced when we reach 2,000 fans!
If the winner does not claim the gift within 5 working days,
we will draw another name, and so on...
Faculty and staff cannot claim the prize, therefore will be excluded.
The Prize
An online course, in the value of €290,
in any of the 30 courses offered by Alpine Center, Switzerland
in collaboration with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
Whether you are already involved in the hospitality industry or are merely interested to explore it, this certificate course will give you the opportunity to gain new hospitality skills, meet professional development requirements, advance your career, or enrich your knowledge in a specific area of the hospitality industry!
You may enrol at any time.  Please contact our
For more information about the courses offered, please click on  Distance Learning Programmes
Thank you and GOOD LUCK!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Franchise Growth & Development Summit Greece 2012

18 - 20 October 2012

Negib Fikani CFE is Managing Partner, Platinum Pitch LLC in Lebanon, and his colleague, John Lambropoulos is the Event Organizer here in Greece. They have joined forces to offer this very exciting and timely seminar in Greece to help entrepreneurs with new ideas!

Both are Alpine graduates of 1994!



Follow the links to the


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Great Job Opportunity, Lecturers

Join the Alpine family!

Alpine Center, Switzerland is seeking LECTURERS for its associate schools in various locations (Russia, Algeria and Switzerland) in Hospitality and Tourism Management. 

Areas of specialisation sought:
Finance & Accounting
Global Hotel & Tourism Management
Front Office Operations
Housekeeping Operations
Human Resources Management
Culinary Arts
Food & Beverage Service Management

Candidates should be fluent in English, have a relevant postgraduate qualification, minimum three years of teaching experience (preferably in English) and be able to prepare course material to very high standards.

Full CVs and cover letter in English should be sent by e-mail to