FACT chatted with Pasquale Baiguera, General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Bahrain, about the good fortune to be a tourist and get paid for it.
Why did you decide to go into the hospitality industry? Did you always know this was what you wanted to do?
All the best things that happened to me in life are those that happened unexpectedly and entering the hospitality industry is one of them. When I was 18 years old, I was looking for a summer job to save some money to travel to Greece. I found a job in one of the hotels in my home town Milan, Italy, as a night auditor where I worked for two months and then flew to Greece for my dream vacation. Since that time, and because I enjoyed working for the hotel, I knew that hospitality was what I wanted to continue my career in.
What is the best thing about your job?
I have a long, exciting history of working for hotels in different regions of the world. One of the benefits of working in the hotel industry is the opportunity to have new experiences and witness different cultures. While the benefits to your general well-being from vacations have long been reported, the same can be said for experiencing new cultures which gives you the chance to learn new skills and learn more about yourself.
How have you found the changeover to coming under the umbrella of Accor?
Being part of the world’s biggest multi-brand hospitality group is a major success with limitless opportunities. Accor has equipped us from every angle and provided us with a solid foundation of tools and resources that made the transition very smooth and allows us to achieve our true potential. Not to mention, the great support extended to us by our Accor colleagues.
Where has been your favourite city to work throughout your career and why?
To be fair, they all are different and all are unique! Each destination had something special that touched my heart. In fact, the unique traits, social codes and traditions of each country inspire me. I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to work in and explore many countries around the globe, as I always say: we, who work in the hospitality field, are lucky to be getting paid to be tourists and travel the world!
What do you like to do when you are not working?
In my free time I enjoy socialising with friends and visiting new restaurants and places in Bahrain. ✤