Tine Brodnjak, General Manager, The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana

Q: Have you always wanted to work in the meeting industry?
Hospitality, talking about hotels or meeting industry or just being with people or guests was always in my mind. In short… yes, I knew already in High school I will be part of this industry. 

Q: Why is your destination/country the best in the world?Living in such a diverse country, living in country that is a bridge between Alps, Pannonian lowlands and Mediterranean is something you cannot see and feel everywhere. Being small and convenient to travel around, tasting eno-gastronomic jewels and being in between nice and friendly people are definitely big USPs why we are special, why we are the best in the World.

Q: What would be the first thing you would show every visitor to your country?
For sure Ptuj, my hometown and the oldest town in Slovenia. Certainly the right time to visit is in September or October, at the time of harvesting, or in February when traditional Carnival is taking place. Maribor is also interesting as the center of Stajerska (Styria) and as the place of the oldest vine in the world. Also worth visiting are Ljubljana as one of the most vibrant European capitals and Bled as a place right out of a fairy tale. There are so many places to show. You simply have to come. Welcome…

Q: What has been your star moment so far and your favourite project with which you would praise yourself?
While working in Bled I had a chance to be a part of the Bled Strategic Forum. Working with a good team of colleagues and meeting VIPs from the World of Economy and Politics. That was definitely one of the peaks.

Q: What motivates you the most at work?
Being with people or guest and working with them and for them. That is it. This is my biggest motivator.

Q: In what way do you deal with stress?
Good music, music and again music. This is what makes me calm and what chills me out.

Q: What will be new in your business in 2017?
Big change already happened recently on the 7th of November 2016 when I took over the new role of a still pretty new Radisson Blu hotel in Ljubljana. After 3 years of living and working abroad, it is nice to be back in my home country.

Q: Where will you spend this year’s holiday and why?
I cannot live without sea. That is why I spent the last 3 years working in Croatia in a fantastic 5-star property in Dalmatia. Yes, it will be for sure this place. It boasts the cleanest and I have made a lot of friends there as well. It will be nice to see them again after some time.

Q: If there would be no time or financial constraints, where would you go?
Around the World? Yes, probably on a wine tour around the world. Tasting and discovering wines from all around is my hobby.

Q: What would be the title of your life autobiography?
He was here to be with people and to live for people.