From Amsterdam to Malta and back again – Alla’s story

From Amsterdam to Malta and back again – Alla’s story

Since 2014 Alla has been adding various strings to her IHG bow. It all began when she joined the Future Leaders Programme in Operations. Alla took her future and career into her own hands when she applied to the Programme that she’d hoped would arm her with as much varied experience as possible.

She didn’t have a ton of experience in the hospitality industry, in particular operationally – so this, she explains, was her perfect opportunity to gain just that.

And that she did – we got to catch up with Alla on where she’s been and what she’s accomplished over the last three years.

Looking back

My first year began in Crowne Plaza Amsterdam South and what a place to begin, Amsterdam really has to be one of the greatest cities! In my first 6 months I trained in all disciplines and areas from housekeeping to front office, and the Food & Beverages function. After my initial training I decided to specialise in the Rooms Division. This made sense and was the best fit for my personality and so for the next year I flourished in this specific department.


Alla Shestak


One year later

I moved to InterContinental Malta as a Front Office Supervisor of a 450 room property! Seems pretty crazy when I think back, but a great opportunity to spread my wings and explore another part of the world.

So on one very sunny day (oh so sunny Malta) in April, I received a call and an offer to join the New Hotel Opening Team for one of the most unique properties in IHG’s enormous portfolio. This was basically a “we’re making history” moment, would you like to join? And of course I said YES!

So on that decision I moved back to Amsterdam to start a new and exciting adventure - and here I am still to this day, living and working in Amsterdam as a New Hotel Opening Project Coordinator.


A glance to the future

I absolutely love doing what I do at the moment, but I do recognise it’s a once in a lifetime project for IHG which will inevitably come to an end.

So what’s next you say? Progressing to a New Hotel Opening team feels like a natural transition but I’m keeping my options open. The best part is that the company has been incredibly supportive and I have no doubt that my next role will be just as challenging and exciting!

Are you a dedicated individual like Alla looking for the next step in your career or perhaps you’re ready for a change of scenery? We’ve got a global portfolio of opportunity waiting for the right candidate to come and explore! If you think you can contribute to and help us drive success check out all our latest opportunities here.



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