Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sharing the Power of A-Wish!

The Alpine Center, Hospitality and Tourism Management Department of City Unity, welcomes Christmas with a tender and loving action in order to fulfill the wishes of children fighting for their lives.

Our contribution is based on the collection of  'Stars of Wish', that will be then offered to the voluntary and non-profit organization, MAKE A WISH Greece.

Make-A-Wish (Make-A-Wish Greece) fulfills wishes of children suffering from serious and life-threatening diseases and supports their fight with joy, strength and hope. 

A "Star of Wish" collection box has been placed at the Administration Office of the Alpine Center, Hospitality and Tourism Management Department of City Unity and our goal is to collect as many stars as we can and strengthen the organization's outreach programs.

We invite you and your friends to contribute to this effort and participate by offering a Star of Wish available at the symbolic amount of 2 euros. On the one side of the star you can see the Share The Power Of A Wish message and on other side the holder may write their own wish.

Warmest wishes from Alpine Center • City Unity

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hospitality at its best offered by Alpine Center students at 2nd Greek Tourism Expo

Hotel Management students of Alpine Center, Hospitality & Tourism Management Department of City Unity, and of City Unity College, participated and supported the 2nd Greek Tourism Expo, hosted at Metropolitan Exhibition Center on 4-6 December 2015.


Students excelled at putting into practice the theory of true hospitality at a “real” event,  offering a warm welcome to all visitors in the main entrance of the exhibition center, registering them at the reception desk, hosting them in conference rooms, providing assistance to the exhibitors and their guests, and serving food and beverages to all  hosted buyers who came from all over the world to participate in this exhibition with the slogan “Come to meet the Greeks”!

Our students’ enthusiasm and commitment to be the best in what they do, make us all very proud.  Our  grateful thanks go to them, the faculty and staff who actively participated in the exhibition offering the highest standards of service to exhibitors, visitors and guests!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Job opportunities in Cyprus

47 positions like Store managers, Assistant managers, Area managers, Chefs, Production managers, Bakery chefs e.t.c. available NOW!

The Alpine Center graduate Kostas Kyriazis, Operations Manager at Caffe Nero Cyprus, on the occasion of his visit for attending the Alumni Reunion on 19 December, will meet professionals who seek a career opportunity in Cyprus.

The position openings, by brand, are the following:

6 Store Managers, 1 Area Manager
1 Assistant Store Manager, 1 Area Manager  
2 Store Managers, 1 Head Chef  
1 Assistant Store Managers, 1 Store Manager, 1 Area Manager, 1 Sous Chef, 1 Head Chef
HOBOS&LIMASSOL PORT (all day & sushi bar)
4 Assistant Store Managers, 3 Store Managers, 3 Sous Chefs, 2 Head Chefs
1 Assistant Store Manager, 2 Store Managers, 2 Head Chefs  
1 Store Manager, 1 Production Manager, 1 Bakery Chef      
1 Assistant Store Manager, 1 Sous Chef, 1 Head Chef      
Digital Marketing (1), Marketing (2), Mechanical Engineer (1), Constuction (2), Systems (1)       

You may send your CV to and, if your qualificatios match the requirements of the specific positions, an interview will be scheduled before or during the Reunion event. Hurry up!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Career Opportunity Announcement by Konstantinos Kyriazis, Operations Manager, Caffe Nero Cyprus

ANNOUNCEMENT for the Alpiners

As you already know I am working in the biggest F&B company in Cyprus. I am the Ops guy for Caffe Nero and Cool bar and really soon for Paul that is coming to Cyprus. 
I am really happy and I would like to thank Alpine Center once more for all your help and continuous support.

Since people is one of my main interests, my team here is really good and I am also helping my company in recruiting good professionals from abroad as well and I would like your help on this.

Currently we are having 100 outlets and by 2020 the target is 200 outlets (BIG expansion plan). So we are thinking of doing at some point something like a career day and have people interested in coming and work for us in Cyprus as Restaurant managers, Chefs and other managerial positions in general. 

Some of our brands are Wagamama, Caffe Nero, KFC, Pizza Hut, local brands, Jamie oliver Italian and Paul are coming this fall and more ...

If you are a graduate/professional between 30 - 40 years old, eager to learn, move and work in a really fast growing and very successful environment please do let me know and I will come in contact with you.

Konstantinos Kyriazis
Operations Manager
Caffe Nero Cyprus

Friday, November 20, 2015

Success Story * Konstantinos Kyriazis

Konstantinos Kyriazis,  
Alpine for Hotel and Tourism management studies
IHTTI School of Hotel Management Basel
F & B Management, Culinary arts, Food science and nutrition, with Honors, 1994 – 1998 
Operations Manager - Caffe Nero Cyprus



 Career Path

* 1996 Culinary arts graduation (8,8/10 with honours).
* Two summer seasons trainee cook Athens Hilton and Athens Ledra Marriott hotels.
* Ygia private hospital (working as a Chef and lecturer to the obesity and metabolism center) - 1 year.
* Carlson restaurants worldwide - TGI Fridays Hellas (working as a cook, new store opener, team leader, Assist. quality manager, Quality manager, Assist. training director, Store general manager, HACCP project manager, Area manager) - 8 years, managing more than 70 employees and 6 managers.
* Accor - Sofitel Athens airport (working as Bar manager, Restaurant manager, Hotel duty manager) - 2 years.
* PAUL (working as production manager - responsible for the brand growth in Greece) - 1 year.
* Starbucks Hellas (working as a store general manager) - 2 years.
* PHC franchised restaurants ltd (working as Operations manager for Caffe Nero brand, Cool bar and PAUL Cyprus) - almost 3 years till now.

Highlights of trainings and seminars: * Accor training in France.
* Managing others global seminar Oslo, Norway.
* Leadership training and best general manager award, Las Vegas - Nevada - USA.
* Restaurant management essentials training New Jersey and Dallas - USA.
* PAUL training - Lille - France.
* Caffe nero training - U.K.
Awards :
* Accor challenge competition 1 st place among 8 countries - France.
* Best general manager of the year 2006 - Las Vegas.
* Gold star recognition for being team player.
* Gold star recognition for improving bottom line margins and profit.



Alpine Center is not just another School, it is more like a big family built on and driven by passion, love, and teamwork among the faculty and staff and instilled in all the students.

I enrolled on the Culinary Arts programme of study at Alpine Center and although my career started in the kitchen my ambitions were high and I wanted to grow into more senior managerial positions in Food & Beverage. Thanks to the continued support of Alpine I was able to reach my goal and achieve the Food & Beverage Operations Manager position that I am very happy to be in now.

I strongly encourage all students interested in a serious career in the vast and global hospitality and food and beverage industry to think of Alpine Center’s Swiss programmes of study that will prepare you to succeed and much more! 

Willingness  to learn, love for what you do, passion, motivation and determination to succeed no matter what, are some of the qualifications you need to bring along and magic will happen.

Always remember, as one of my favourite quote says : “Some people want it to happen. Some people wish it would happen. Others make it happen”.

"Kostas was an exemplary student at Alpine Center and continues to be an exemplary alumnus, always keeping in touch with his alma mater and informing us of his career moves!! Ambitious, goal oriented with a positive outlook, excellent customer services skills plus a commitment to lifelong learning make Kostas a very successful professional that makes us very proud!"
Sybil Hofmann
President, Alpine Center, 
the Swiss Business School for Hotel & Tourism Management Education, Switzerland

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reunion Announcement from Alpine Alumni Ambassador’s Association

Dear Alpiner,

Alpine Center is almost 30 years old in Greece!!! Can you imagine??
The Founders, Eric and Sybil Hofmann have this to say:
“Alpiners have over the years kept us young, motivated, inspired and grateful!”

Reaching out to all Alpine Center graduates for our Quinquennial Reunion to celebrate our accomplishments and stay connected!

You are warmly invited to the Alpine Alumni Ambassador’s Association Reunion at Cloud 33 Room Lounge Bar - Emmantina Hotel (across the road from our Palmyra Beach Hotel where we have so many joyful memories).

Message from the President of the Alpine Alumni Ambassadors Association, Anastasios Mexas:

“It seems like yesterday that we were teens, so young and hopeful and full of dreams. It’s hard to believe it, many years have passed. We grew up and prospered in our careers, thanks to Alpine’s direction and camaraderie, let’s reconnect and have a blast.”

To paraphrase Steve Job, “I’ll always stay connected with Alpine. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Alpine weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry.” Themis Trakas,Class of ’92

At Cloud 33 an Open Bar with finger food and a cozy Alpiner get together will await you!!

Let’s make this reunion a most memorable evening of Alpiners reunited again.

Visiting Alpiners: Special discounted room rates at Palmyra/ Emmantina Hotels for overnight stays (19th November)

Next Day: A Christmas Champagne Brunch will be available on Sunday 20 December

Information: For any information please email

Dont forget to share the event with your old classmates - friends and join the Alpine Alumni on linkedin.

Kind regards,
Alpine Alumni Ambassador’s Association

Registrations by 7 December 2015 via Eventbrite

Very interesting marketing positions with Expedia London available

Permanent Position – CRM Graduate-EXPEDIA

Location: London
Start date: Summer 2016
Languages: You must be fluent in English (excellent level of both written and oral to a business level)

To apply: Please visit our website and apply to the following URL:

Help support the CRM team to deliver the day to day operational elements of a global marketing email programme across 85+ POS through in-depth analysis and marketing expertise.

This role will work closely with customer marketing team, as well as our external ESP (email service provider), Exact Target to deliver an efficient and robust programme that delivers against the financial forecast and key strategic pillars.

The ideal candidate must have some direct marketing experience/exposure and the appetite to work with a global CRM programme. You will need to have strong technical & analytical skills and be highly numerate particularly using Microsoft Excel.

  • Responsible for coordinating and optimising global email newsletter deployment and deliverability
  • Facilitates deployment & effective reporting of extensive email testing programme
  • Actively develop and document use cases and test scenarios
  • Support in customer targeting (group building, list generation, control groups etc) through Audience Builder and Exact Target tools
  • Monitors and maximises email deliverability and rendering across all major platforms, email Clients & multiple devices
  • Measure performance and identify improvements – build and analyze relevant reports, oversee test/control design and execution, evaluate commercial and technical performanceOptimises email reporting, utilising Exact Target, Omniture, Customer Database and Business Objects to facilitate deep and detailed understanding of email programmes and customer behaviour
  • Assists with data manipulation for lead generation activity
  • Daily monitoring of email program send volumes to verify proper operations and identify potential program issues

  • Bachelor's degree, ideally in Direct Marketing / Business

Work Experience and Education Guidelines:
  • Any experience in email marketing and ESPs (ExactTarget, Cheetah Mail, Responsys etc.)
  • Strong analytical skills and confidence in utilising data in Excel and other tools
  • Demonstrated attention to detail
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

About Expedia, Inc.

Our mission is to revolutionize travel through the power of technology.
Expedia, Inc. is the largest online travel company in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world’s leading online travel brands, such as Expedia,, Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN), Egencia, Hotwire, eLong, trivago, and Venere, to name a few.
We're revolutionizing travel through the power of technology and looking for great talent to join us.
Interested in learning more? Explore your next chapter at


3-6 Month Internship - Marketing Research & Consumer Insight

Location: London
Start date: Flexible start – either January 2016 or Summer 2016
Languages: You must be fluent in English (excellent level of both written and oral to a business level)

To apply: Please visit our website and apply to the following URL:

According to Science Daily, a full 90 percent of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years. And we still need more... Data has always been a part of marketing, but it is its selection and interpretation that are key for supporting Marketing functions

This job description outlines the objective and primary responsibilities of the Marketing Research & Consumer Insights Intern at Expedia. You will be responsible for assisting the function in the development and implementation of market research programs and outputs which contextualize Expedia’s market performance across EMEA, to help inform our business.

What will you learn?

To do this, you will need to use existing subscriptions and customized data, develop new tools to collate different data sources, identify new data sources and embed additional insights into current reporting. You will get familiar with resources many organisations use, you will learn how to track brand performance and perceptions, share of traffic and media spend over time and much more… Importantly, you will always be welcomed to share your views and bring a different perspective to how things are currently done.

Who will you report to?
You will report to the Research and Consumer Insights Director and the Senior Media Performance Manager. You will be part of the Expedia’s Brand Marketing Team

What will you have to do?

This is not an exhaustive list but, amongst other things, you will be asked to…
  • Mine existing sources for critical business insights and intelligence
  • Identify new potential market sources that could complement existing assets
  • Co-create monthly country reports monitoring current Expedia market performance across EMEA (Traffic, media spend, brand performance, mobile)
  • Provide an outlook of market trends and highlight threat and opportunities areas for Expedia
  • Assist with the set up and delivery of marketing research projects cross Expedia brands, competitor and demand. This may also include advertising/communications testing.
  • Support the profiling of existing customers and prospects which will assist the development of targeted activities (digital and offline)
  • Develop market awareness so that recommendations have a local customized focus
  • Co-present insights and learnings to the wider Brand Marketing Team, particularly to the Head of Brand Marketing and Senior Marketing Managers
Who are we looking for?
  • Someone who is interested/studying Marketing, Marketing Research, or other related discipline.
  • Someone who is highly organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills and follow- up skills and be able to proactively identify issues and solutions
  • You must know how to use Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel and be able to work independently and as part of a team
If this sounds interesting we want to hear from you.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Mrs Georgia Pistolis Kofinas was honoured at the Museum of Greek Gastronomy in Athens

Mrs Georgia Pistolis Kofinas, Head of Culinary Arts at Alpine Hospitality & Tourism Management Department of City Unity College was honoured at the Museum of Greek Gastronomy in Athens on 7 November.  The occasion was to present the 27th edition of the book “Sarakostiana” (Lenten Cuisine) jointly written by Mrs Marigoula Kokkinou and Mrs Georgia Kofinas.

The renowned Greek Chef Mrs. Dina Nikolaou made the presentation of the book which is a collection of 387 tasty and healthy Greek recipes, with high nutritional value.  The cooking instructions are easy to follow and the ingredients easily available.

Mrs Christina Kostara, Dietologist and Nutritionist spoke about health benefits of the Mediterranean diet using as examples four of the book’s listed recipes.

A reception followed offering guests a sumptuous lunch, using some of the book’s recipes.

Students and staff of Alpine Hospitality & Tourism Management Department and City Unity College represented by Argyro Manoli, VP and Special Affairs Coordinator,  who attended the event were  deeply honoured to have their colleague, the distinguished Chef instructor Georgia Kofinas leading the Culinary Arts program.  

 Mrs Sybil Hofmann, President of International Programs at Alpine Center Switzerland had this to say:  

"Georgia Kofinas has been a pillar of the Culinary Arts Program at Alpine Center for over 15 years.  Her knowledge, charm, sense of humour, valuable contributions and dedication to her students are admirable.  A food writer and presenter on television of Greek traditional cuisine, she is our Celebrity Chef and we all wish Georgia continued success with her ‘bestseller’ and other meaningful activities".

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Student council - Casual Day at Alpine@CityUnityCollege for a great cause

 Alpiners, charity begins at home, and your second home is Alpine@City Unity!

The Student Council of Alpine Center (Official) City Unity College engages students in a variety of community service and social action projects. Our College’s mission is to support student engagement in meaningful community service work and leadership training that enhances the educational experience and meets community-identified needs. Yesterday, the Student Council organized a Casual Day for students, allowing them to put away their professional attire and dress casually against a contribution of €1 and offering them a fresh orange juice for another €1. Oranges were donated by Cloud 33, the hangout lounge for our students. All contributions will be donated to the SOS Children's Villages Greece.