South America offers new recruitment market
With traditional recruitment source markets such as India and the Philippines becoming limited, it is more important than ever that hoteliers are not wholly reliant on one particular recruitment source.
This is the view of Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach general manager Peter O’Connor, who revealed that South America as an upcoming source market.
“South Americans are very hospitable by nature; their local cultures lend themselves well to the hospitality industry. Economically it makes sense for both parties, and the South American personality brings a lot of passion and spirit to our organization. The new Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach will be a vibrant property and I want this translated through my team,” said O’Connor.
“Additionally, Dubai is now targeting South America as a feeder market with tour operators marketing Dubai as a destination and airlines following suit, so this demographic needs to be mirrored in our service,” he said.
According to MTV Recruitment Agency director Marcelo Toledo, the demand for South American hospitality employees is matched by the eagerness of Brazilian nationals to work in the GCC, specifically in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and the UAE.
MTV Agency interviews around 150 candidates every day to fill the job openings for MediaOne , Iberotel , RoccoForte ,Fairmont , Crowne and other 25 hotels chains .
Toledo said: “We explain to the candidates about this new market for South Americans , the long term employment contract and the cultural and social differences ”.
“Since January, we have had more than 3000 people looking for jobs in the Middle East,” said Toledo.
He hopes to introduce individuals of the highest calibre to the region, such as Brazilian-born Fairmont Bab Al Bahar assistant manager — food and beverage / sommeliere Cristina Piereck.
Following the sale of her restaurant in Sao Paulo, Piereck moved to Dubai and joined The Address Downtown Burj Dubai, before launching the wine bar at Warehouse at Le Meriden Dubai and most recently being appointed a member of the pre-opening team for Fairmont’s Abu Dhabi property.
She said: “I had a very good image and impression of the hospitality industry here. The best leading hotels of the world are all located in the UAE and I was sure that there wasn’t anywhere else in the world where I could learn more.
"And how glad I became to find out that I was totally right! If you gain experience in the UAE, you are equipped to work all over the world. The UAE is today, in my opinion, a leader and an example for the hospitality business all over the world”.
More information about Brazilians workers in Dubai by phone 55-11-4521-4090 – Skype passaporte.org with Marcelo Toledo