Thursday, January 24, 2013

Annual Career Day @Alpine on 15 February 2013

Alpine Center’s Annual Career Day this year falls on 15  February.  Representatives from leading hospitality and tourism companies have the opportunity to make presentations about the benefits of working for their organizations, and interview students interested in doing their internships at the respective properties.  Graduates of Alpine are also invited to attend and have the opportunity of exploring permanent positions offered.
Career Day 2011
This year, the St. Regis hotels* in Doha, Qatar and Abu Dhabi will be participating.  These two elite properties are looking for graduates in Food & Beverage, Rooms Division, Spa and Culinary Arts (read more at the end of the article).

Shhhhhhhhhh... quiet! Interviews in progress...

Companies that are regular participants in the Annual Career Day include:
AKS Hotels, Aldemar Hotels, Athenaeum InterContinental, Athens Hilton, Aquis Hotels & Resorts, Astir Vouliagmeni-Starwood Hotels,  Costa Navarino Starwood Hotels, Danai Beach & Villas-Chalkidiki, Elounda Palace, Porto Elounda  Hotel, Grace Hotel Group, Grande Bretagne Hotel,  Grecotel,  Mystique & Vedema Hotels, Santorini,    Sani Resort, St George Lycabettus Boutique Hotel,  and  TUI Hellas.
Ready for your placement?
Hotels, restaurants and travel agencies all over Greece and in fact worldwide are continuously contacting the Career & Placement office, requesting student trainees and graduates who have over the years been highly praised for their professionalism and motivation.  Through years of successful industry placements, Alpine has earned an international reputation of providing its students with the highest standard of education, including valuable skill sets. 
This is why the demand for Alpine students
is consistently four times greater than the supply! 

Job opportunities in St Regis - Doha Qatar, Abu Dhabi

The St Regis Doha, Qatar & St Regis Abu Dhabi have many openings in the Food & Beverage Department, Culinary, Rooms Division and Spa. These positions can be the stepping stone to a bright future at another St Regis somewhere else in the world, like New York, Mauritius, Bora Bora, Egypt, China and so more... One of Alpine graduates, Effie Georgiou, already has a career in St Regis New York!!!

The HR Manager of ST REGIS DOHA will be participating in our Career Day and will be interviewing candidates!

Doha, Qatar
Will be participating in Career Day on 15 February 2013
Accommodation, transportation, meals, insurance and uniforms are provided free by the hotel. Salaries may not be much compared to the European market but students are given the international exposure that they like.  Not to mention the fact that this will be a good stepping stone for them in the Middle East market.
F&B Service Associates (Waiters/Waitresses)
F&B Hostess
F&B Captain
F&B Supervisor
Commis 1
Commis II
Commis III
Demi Chef de Partie
Chef de Partie
Butler Service Desk Attendant
Housekeeping Supervisor
Room Attendant
Spa & Recreation
Recreation Attendant
Massage Therapist

 The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
·         Food & Beverage Coordinator (this will be a key position as it will manage the Restaurant Reservation Team)
·         Restaurant Concierges
·         Supervisors
·         Hostesses
·         Waiters

About St. Regis

A Living Legacy
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts offers its elite clientele an experience beyond expectation. For modern connoisseurs who desire the finest expressions of service, each moment spent within our walls reveals bespoke attention to every desire. Our rich heritage, dating back more than 100 years to the grand opening of The St. Regis® New York by the esteemed Astor family, is evoked throughout every hotel – from our century-old butler service to the tradition of fresh flowers established by “The” Mrs. Astor. Yet no tradition is as vigilantly honored as the Astor family’s desire to treat guests of the hotel as though they were personal guests in the Astor’s own home. The St. Regis staff is committed to delivering this promise in every moment of every stay.
Beyond Expectation
As exemplars of elegance and refinement, St. Regis hotels and resorts are uncompromising in their pursuit of excellence. Every stay is commissioned to meet guests’ highest standards and refined to express the subtlety of their unique tastes. Through St. Regis Aficionado(SM), guests of the hotel are invited to indulge their passions with exclusive privileges such as a private tour of the Sistine Chapel, the opportunity to sample a rare vertical selection of Chateau Petrus, or a back country ski trip with a personal chef and sommelier.
St. Regis Seduction Around the World
Today St. Regis hotels and resorts can be found across the globe. London, New York, Singapore, Bali – each is an entrance into a captivating world of seduction and a unique expression of its location. The standard of opulence and sophistication established by the original St. Regis is honored in every address, but has evolved to include five distinct design interpretations: Metropolitan Manor, Glass House, Hemispheres, Journey’s End and Paradise Found. In each, the essence of the brand and its rich traditions is brought to life through signature features such as grand staircases, glittering chandeliers, handsome libraries, vast wine vaults, iconic murals and bronze façades.
An Ensemble of Captivating Experiences
These beautiful settings and flawless services are just a few of the ways St. Regis delights and enthralls its guests. Our hotels and resorts are settings for magical moments – whether it is enjoying a Bloody Mary in the legendary King Cole Bar and Lounge® where it was originally created, or being received at the airport by one of the hotel’s luxurious limousines.
St. Regis hotels and resorts provide an exclusive entrée to a refuge of timeless elegance, discerning taste, and uncompromising care and courtesy that simply cannot be found elsewhere. Past and future, rare and refined, there is no address like St. Regis

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Alpine Center supports events that contribute to the growth and professionalism of those entering or already working in the hospitality industry. We welcome opportunities that expose our students to innovations and updates in the field of hospitality. One such event is HO.RE.CA.

This year, HO.RE.CA will take place in the Metropolitan Expo from 8 to 11 February 2013. HO.RE.CA, at its 8th edition, has been already established as one of the most successful professional fairs in Greece. The high international standard of the exhibition center Metropolitan Expo, the innovative design, the excellent organization and the right product grouping along with the extensive advertising budget, and the numerous innovative events contribute to HO.RE.CA’s success. Hence HO.RE.CA has been instituted as the single most important commercial forum – decisively contributing to the improvement and modernization of the infrastructure and the services of Tourism and Food service in the wider Balkan region.

HO.RE.CA contributes to the development of products, services and trends and plays an active role in parallel events. Few of such events are:
"The future hotel on the web" is an innovative event where you will learn how to drive customers from the web to your door. During the exhibition, numerous workshops, interactive applications and lectures will be presented.
The project “Greek Breakfast” is an initiative of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (HCH) focused on the Greek culinary tradition, aimed at the promotion of the wealth and the authenticity of local products and gastronomy bringing together hoteliers and local producers.
This is an unique show for professional Bartenders, bar managers and bar and café owners will take place at the 8th HO.RE.CA 2013, offering a wide range of events and competitions under the auspices of the Hellenic Barmen Association (HBA).

Greek gastronomy marketing plan by SETE is aiming to promoting and establishing Gastronomy as one of the key reasons for tourists choosing Greece as their holiday destination, HO.RE.CA offers SETE (Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises) the chance to present all the latest developments concerning the “Greek Gastronomy Marketing Plan”.

6th International Gastronomy Forum

Hellenic Chef’s Association for one more year will organize at HO.RE.CA its highly successful Gastronomy Forum which has already been recognized as a tradition.

For more additional information please see Ms Sevi at reception or the HO.RE.CA site

Ozvalto Valdi Dollija
Hotel School Operations Manager

Monday, January 7, 2013

SETE Teams Up With Travelife For A Sustainable Tourism Industry

The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) recently signed a cooperation agreement with Travelife* and the European Centre for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism (ECEAT) to support the sustainability of Greek tourism.
The cooperation agreement aims to support Greek tourism enterprises recover profitability while improving their environmental and social performance.
The cooperation will focus on Travelife services that offer certification systems for the sustainability of tourism enterprises.
These services provide solutions that help the industry and its suppliers deliver environmental and social improvements throughout the tourism supply chain. More specifically:
- The Travelife Sustainability System for Hotels and Accommodations (ABTA managing authority) that provides a certification system in cooperation with tour operators.
- The Travelife Sustainability System for Tour Operators & Travel Agencies (ECEAT managing authority) that offers a wide range of services that support sustainability and includes training, management, planning, reporting and B2B tools.
Greek travel agencies interested in Travelife may also contact the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA).
*Travelife is a training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies committed to reach sustainability.
source: GTP

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Chill out!

Lounge music is a description of music popular in the 1950s and 1960s. It is a type of mood music meant to evoke in the listeners the feeling of being in a place—a jungle, an island paradise, outer space, et cetera—other than where they are listening to it.
The range of lounge music encompasses beautiful music-influenced instrumentals, modern electronica (with chillout, and downtempo influences), while remaining thematically focused on its retro-space-age cultural elements. The earliest type lounge music appeared during the 1920s and 1930s, and was known as light music.
Contemporaneously, the term lounge music also denotes the types of music played in hotels (the lounge, the bar), casinos, and piano bars.
Café del Mar opened its doors for the first time on June 20th in 1980 in the Balearic island of Ibiza. The concept was simple, to put music to the sunsets. In the early days Café del Mar was a prominent meeting point among the locals and an origin of inspiration for artists and authors. By 1990´s it had become the most popular destinations in Ibiza.

Around the world Café del Mar is possibly the most renown by the annual chillout compilations. The first official Café del Mar compilation was released in 1994 after an overwhelming demand by the fans. It was a global success and resulted in much respected series that as of today has been sold in millions.

Besides the albums, the fans may hear the Café del Mar sound at the licensed franchises that have expanded to 11 different locations around the world, as well as at Café del Mar live events taking place in various venues.

After 31 years Café del Mar mar still stands as the most respected music & lifestyle brands in the world while growing each year.

Chill-out music (sometimes also chillout, chill out, or simply chill) is an umbrella term for several styles of electronic music characterized by their mellow style and mid-tempo beats — "chill" being derived from a slang injunction to "relax."

Chill out music emerged in the early and mid-1990s in "chill rooms" at dance clubs, where relaxing music was played to allow dancers a chance to "chill out" from the more emphatic and fast-tempo music played on the main dance floor.

The genres associated with chill-out are mostly ambient, trip-hop, nu jazz, ambient house, New Age and other sub-genres of downtempo. Sometimes the easy listening sub-genre lounge is considered to belong to the chill-out collection as well. Chill out as a musical genre or description is synonymous with the more recently popularized terms "smooth electronica" and "soft techno" and is a loose genre of music blurring into several other very distinct styles of electronic and lo-fi music.