Vanina Yordanova, marketing and PR manager, InterContinental Dubai Festival City is under the spotlight this month…
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 Belaggio (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.
2014-2016-Hyatt Hotels in Dubai
2016-2017-Kempinski Palm Jumeirah