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Mr. Schneider

Alexander Schneider

Vice President , Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts

Alexander Schneider is Vice President of Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts in Europe and the Middle East.  Mr. Schneider has been working with Nikki Beach since April 2016, heading the opening of Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, a project that broke the mold of existing resort concepts in the Middle East.

Mr. Schneider is currently leading the Nikki Beach Hotels & Resorts plans for expansion in Europe and the Middle East. Born and raised in Germany, he brings over 17 years of hotel management experience, having worked with major hotel operators like Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi - UAE, Rixos Properties UAE, Grand Hyatt, Germany and Casa Camper, one of the most successful lifestyle boutique hotels in Berlin.

With a track record in pre-opening assignments, as well as providing guidance to owning companies for their hotel assets, Mr. Schneider has a unique ability to work in the space between hotel operations, revenue management, sales and marketing. His international outlook in the luxury hotel industry including Germany, UAE and India makes him the perfect fit for a vibrant brand like Nikki Beach.

Mr. Schneider holds an Associate Degree with Honors from the Culinary Institute of America, New York, U.S.A. Be proud to inspire people and Appreciate each other's talents are two of Nikki Beach Family Values which inspire Alexander every day. He strongly believes that satisfied guests can become our ambassadors worldwide, while satisfaction is contagious.

Mr. Schneider can be contacted at +971 4 376 6162 or alexander.schneider@nikkibeachhotels.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.