Tal­ent

Van­ina Yor­danova, mar­ket­ing and PR man­ager, In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Dubai Fes­ti­val City is un­der the spot­light this month…

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DE­SCRIBE YOUR FIRST EVER ROLE IN THE HO­TEL IN­DUS­TRY?

I started my ca­reer as a rev­enue man­age­ment trainee in Ber­lin. It was a very ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and helped me a lot to un­der­stand the com­mer­cial side of mar­ket­ing a bit bet­ter.

WHO IS THE PER­SON WHO HAS IN­SPIRED YOU MOST IN YOUR CA­REER?

I was very for­tu­nate to work with many great lead­ers but I would say Alessan­dro Redaelli, who was my gen­eral man­ager at the Kempin­ski Palm Jumeirah. What re­ally in­spired me was his pas­sion, pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, hu­mil­ity and the fact he was al­ways sup­port­ive and open to ideas from the team.

HOW DO YOU VIEW THE HO­TEL SCENE IN THE RE­GION?

The Mid­dle East mar­ket is ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive and fast grow­ing. We have many great prod­ucts and smart cus­tomers who know what they want.

WHAT IS THE BIG­GEST CHAL­LENGE OF YOUR ROLE?

Due to the com­pet­i­tive mar­ket we have many last minute re­quest and it can be chal­lenge to ex­e­cute all of them at the same time.

WHAT IS YOUR FA­VORITE AS­PECT OF YOUR ROLE?

I am very so­cial per­son and al­ways like to meet and in­ter­act with new peo­ple, dis­cover new places and be up to date with what is hap­pen­ing in the city. I al­ways like to hear our col­leagues’ sto­ries, as well, and be able to show­caset their tal­ents through PR.

IF YOU COULD WORK IN ANY HO­TEL IN THE WORLD, WHICH WOULD IT BE?

When I stud­ied in Mi­lan, I vis­ited Be- lag­gio (a small vil­lage next to Lake Como). I loved all the small bou­tique ho­tels there as well as the na­ture.

WHAT TIP WOULD YOU SHARE WITH NEW STAFF START­ING OUT IN THE HO­TEL IN­DUS­TRY IN THE RE­GION?

It is not just a job - it is a lifestyle and pas­sion. Def­i­nitely, I would rec­om­mend to all new col­leagues to be pas­sion­ate about what they do, al­ways to keep smil­ing while they are at work and fol­low their dreams.

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