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.
Recently, “Dans Le Noir?” restaurant in St. Petersburg, which is located in the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge, celebrated its first birthday, on which occasion TOHOLOGY recalls a visit to this restaurant a year ago.
The release of the International Congress and Convention Association’s 2018 Country and City Rankings marks yet another successful year for the association meetings market. Paris, which previously held the top city spot in 2016, returns in 2018 to claim first place. The USA continues to top the country rankings.
On 12 November SWISSAM hosted the Career Day for representatives of the hospitality industry for the second time in a row. TOHOLOGY took interviews with a few directors participating in the Career Day and also prepared a special photo report about this event.
2018 was a record-breaking year for congresses in Paris. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau published its annual study – «Congress Activity» – to decipher the characteristics and evolution of meetings sector, a strategic one for the French capital, which largely contributed to the positive attendance record of the destination in 2018.