Not long ago, hoteliers in Russia thought "well, if I need housekeepers, I can always bring a busload over from Ukraine, or Kalmykia, or ___________ (insert any name of the former Soviet republic here)".
One can trace back the origins of the European hotel industry to the Medieval Ages. The history of hotels is intimately connected to that of the civilizations that thrived in Europe over the centuries.
For those just entering the Hotel Industry, the ultimate career goal may be the position of General Manager. For others, it may be CEO of a Hotel Company. Less ambitious ones may settle for a Director of Rooms or Director of Sales title.
The Russian hotel market has finally appeared on the radar screen of international hotel companies. Local brands are now competing against US, European and Asian rivals in a quest for market share and talent.