Saša Zor and her brilliant career in the hospitality sector in Ljubljane
The moment I started working in the hospitality industry I knew it was a field that completely matched my DNA. At first it was a job I did with great pleasure and passion, but as time passed, being a hotelier became a part of my identity.
It has been 9 years since I joined the Sales Department at Hotel Lev Ljubljana, at that time the only 5-star hotel in the capital, and after some time I was promoted to Head of Sales and Marketing. After 4 years at Hotel Lev I accepted a new position as Director of Sales for congresses and events for the largest hotel chain in Slovenia – Sava Hotels & Resorts. This was an outstanding educational experience for me – being a detailed and precise person I broadened my horizons, learned how to plan more strategically and delegate with trust. Together we proved that tourism is all about the people and that hospitable service can overshadow infrastructural shortcomings.
As the New Year of 2017 was approaching, I set myself just one resolution – to learn how to let go, speaking generally, not pointing to one specific life element. Funnily enough, that crystallized soon after New Year as I decided to make a career change after exactly 5 years.
I can’t help feeling very lucky as I have just been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing for the Intercontinental Hotel that is currently being built in Ljubljana. This is a brand I admire as a world traveler – not only because of the glossy interior designs, but more importantly because of the professional, personalized, and smiling service. I have to say I am really thrilled that I have reached a point where my personal preferences and beliefs completely fit mine.
I strongly believe Ljubljana is an ideal destination for upscale business tourism and welcoming a 5-star hotel of renewed international brand was the much needed asset to finally place our beautiful capital on a world tourist map.
Although I am a representative of the younger generation, I like the feeling of giving back to the community to which you belong. I was raised and brought up in the center of Ljubljana, so transferring jobs in my case also means going back “ home”.