TFE Hotels is encouraging its young leaders to gain experience at its overseas properties with the launch of its inaugural ‘Go Global’ International Exchange program.
Team members in Germany and Australia now have the opportunity to swap their work environment, allowing them to further their skills and leadership capabilities while immersing themselves in a new culture.
“As a global business, with a strong focus on building leadership capability, it is important that we continue to develop our people through experience, exposure and education,” said TFE Hotels’ Chief People Officer, Michelle Bevan.
“Go Global gives us an opportunity to connect our teams and to share skills, experience and industry best practice across international borders.” “Importantly, this experience also gives our candidates the chance to connect and expand on a personal level as well.”
Earlier this year, Cluster General Manager of Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi and Coogee, Diana Quinones-Silva, moved to Germany as the first Go Global participant.
Since the move, she has supported various Adian hotel properties in Munich, Berlin, and Dusseldorf.
This week, TFE Hotels’ Regional Revenue Manager, Jason Stobbs, left Perth for a stint in the Adina Hotels Head Office in Berlin. During this time, he will have the opportunity to visit properties and teams within TFE’s growing European hotel network.
“I won’t lie, I’m nervous and I’m super excited about the opportunity to work abroad,” he said.
“I haven’t been to Europe since I was a kid, so I’ll have to bone up on my Grade 7 German on the plane ride over.
“I’ve calculated that I have 12 weekends and I have a whole list of places I want to visit, so it’s going to be go, go, go, the whole time.”
Adina Stuttgart’s Nikol Onodi arrived in Australia in early September for a four-month exchange. She will spend time in several full-service hotels in Sydney, Brisbane, and on the Gold Coast.
“My goal is to learn and grow professionally and bring home knowledge in order to implement positive changes to our European properties,” she said.
Angela Di Gennaro, from Berlin, also travelled to Sydney as part of the exchange. She is currently based at Adina Pentridge in Melbourne and will spend time at TFE hotels in Brisbane before her return home next February.
“It’s an absolute dream to be able to spend several months in Australia and immerse myself in the culture, without having to give up my secure job at home,” she said.
“I’ve already collected memories and formed friendships that will accompany me throughout my life.”
Bevan said the response to the program has been very positive.
“Just months after its launch, the programme is already receiving positive feedback from the inaugural candidates and interest in the next intake is high,” she said.