On October 11, 2013 a friendly meeting of hospitality business executives took place at SWISSAM Hospitality Business School. Rector of the school Walter Spaltenstein with the SWISSAM management provided the guests with a report on their up-to-date achievements. Moreover, general managers, heads of human resources departments and other representatives of the hospitality industry shared ideas regarding hospitality business in Russia, and Saint Petersburg, in particular, and also how schools and universities can help hotels to achieve its goals.
The industry representatives pointed out 7 most important criteria, applied to candidates for a vacancy in the hospitality industry:
Relevant: Russian, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Asian (various).
Goal setting, enthusiasm, motivation, proactivity.
- Communication skills
- Technical / professional skills
Basic skills (financial, property management systems (e.g. Opera PMS), etc.).
Knowledge of the hospitality industry, global trends, news.
- Leadership skills
Constant self-development, modernization.
Launched in 1988 by Business Traveller UK magazine, Business Traveller Awards has now come to Russia.
ATP tennis tournament St. Petersburg Open 2013 took place on previous week. You can find review of the most interesting moments in our special report.
In the summer 2013 there was opened a new hostel in St. Petersburg – Giggly Hostel. We visited Giggly and met with its management.
1.5 billion international tourist arrivals were recorded by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2019, globally. A 4% increase on the previous year which is also forecast for 2020, confirming tourism as a leading and resilient economic sector