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A Vatelien in the Capitol of the United States

A Vatelien in the Capitol of the USA? That’s right. Hichem Aloulou, a 2011 alumnus, is now the C.F.O. of the Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C. Hey, what did you expect?


A Vatelien in the Capitol of the United States

“I was born in Tunisia, and my parents always sent me to French-speaking schools so I would be completely fluent in French, as well as my native language, Arabic. I graduated from high school in Toulouse. While I was a student there, I realized that traveling and tourism were much more than just a hobby for me.

As I decided that I wanted to work in hospitality management, I enrolled in the Toulouse Tourism Institute for my bachelor’s degree. When I graduated, my father asked me to go back to Tunisia to help him in his job, but I didn’t feel that I was ready, and the only way I could convince him of it was to continue my studies. That’s how I decided to attend Vatel Tunis, where I graduated from in 2011 after several professional experiences:

  • In Accommodations and Housekeeping, Reception and F&B at the Vatel Hotel & Spa**** in Nimes
  • As the Reservations Agent at the Marivaux Hotel in Brussels
  • As the Captain at the Hakan Turkish Grill in Miami Beach, Florida.

During this last internship, I found out how much I really loved the USA. So I started applying for jobs throughout the country, and was especially interested by an offer based in Washington, D.C. as the Front Office Manager at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. 

Capitol Hill      Lobby      Houses

A dream to become fluent in a third language and to live my very own “American Dream”. I’m still in Washington D.C. and still at the Capital Hill Hotel. But in February, 2013 I was promoted as the hotel’s C.F.O. with the following missions:

  • Guaranteeing the accuracy of the hotel’s book-keeping accounts,
  • Drawing up financial and accounting documents in compliance with the legislation,
  • Defining our corporate financing plans and
  • Validating cash resources budgets for external funding.