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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
17 Feb 2014

The hotel has hosted many famous "international" personalities which descended on Sarajevo with the intention of rebuilding the country. After the international engagement in Bosnia ended the fortunes of the hotel started to change.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Employees remain every day of the occupation to guard areas of the hotel lobby.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Expecting news that seems to never arrive in the Hotel Lobby. The restaurant and bar are temporarily out of management and the only active rooms are the service rooms.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

The kitchens of the hotel are blocked, but supplies of food are still present in refrigerators, ready for a recovery. The accounts and bills of the last orders are still being processed now, put on hold by the protests.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
16 Feb 2014

Administrative part of the kitchen at the Holiday Inn. The accounts and bills of the last orders are stopped to the protest of the employees.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Snjezana Bojovic, a graduate in medicine works at the Holiday Inn as head of the bar. She, like many other workers in the hotel, has little hope in an optimal resolution of the privatization problem.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Privatization and the failure to pay salaries has triggered a protest by all employees who once numbered 280, and are now only 140.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Sajma Gugula, Mevlida Bekto and Sefka Topalov are waitresses. All three have worked at the Holiday Inn for about thirty years, and are currently without pay for four months.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Aziz Cosovic, born in 1973, has been employed at the Holiday Inn for about ten years and has gone without pay for four months.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

Since the lobby of the hotel was occupied, employees sign each day for the start and end of shifts.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
15 Feb 2014

The iconic hotel was built for the Olympic Games, and has had a front row seat to the tumultuous events that have characterized Bosnia for the last 30 years. Here, the areas of the dining room are seen empty.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
14 Feb 2014

Mario, receptionis of the hotel, shows a photograph made in wartime.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
13 Feb 2014

One of the 144 employees at Holiday deceives the time. Waiting for a response from the government.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
12 Feb 2014

Throughout the siege, the hotel has never stopped working to preserve a semblance of normality. "It was hard to be professional in such dangerous circumstances. We did what we could to maintain a decent level of service," says Mario, receptionist at the Hotel.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
12 Feb 2014

In 2003 the property was sold by the Austrian Government to a company 'Alpha Baumanagement' for 22.8 million euro. Through privatization of the Hotel the state has also sold the legal actions of employees (54%), who are awaiting trial at the court of the Canton of Sarajevo for a compensation of about 25 thousand Bosnian marks.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Mario Franjevic lost invested shares during the privatization process with the Austrian company and has been taking part in the protests inside the lobby of the hotel. He does not believe in a resolution to the problem.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

With the end of a war, the entire international engagement in Bosnia was reduced to superficial changes such as privatization, which took place for the Holiday Inn in 2000 as it did for many other companies. This trend destabilized the country and intensified the impact of the global economic crisis that today is crippling the system.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

After occupying the lobby of the hotel stopping service, except for allowing the last remaining customers to complete their stay, the employees demand their past-due wages.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Of its 10 floors, the hotel now counts only 8 active. The others were sold to third parties after privatization.

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

In 2013 the hotel lost the license of international chain and became only "Holiday." Despite the name change, for the majority of the citizens of Sarajevo and those who are familiar with the landmarks of the city, it is simply The Holiday Inn.

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Holiday Inn Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
11 Feb 2014

Mario Franjevic, 54, was born in Sarajevo has worked at the Holiday Inn for thirty years as a waiter and then as a receptionist. He has not received government grants for three years, and has not received the monthly salary for four months. He is situated on a side of the famous "Sniper Alley," which was stormed during the war years.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

A source of pride for the Sarajeviti, it played an active role in the events related to the war that spread throughout the country between 1992 and 1995 . The difficult bureaucratic apparatus of the Canton of Sarajevo and the privatization of the Hotel led to a protest by employees.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

In the hotel are not executed maintenance work. the skeleton of this hotel counts all the signs of aging.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
10 Feb 2014

“The hotel has a real story and this is what sets us apart from our competitors,” says Mario, the hotel receptionist.

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Holiday in Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
By Arianna Pagani
09 Feb 2014

Since 2013, the Hotel has lost the license of the international chain 'Holiday Inn,' changing its name to only 'Holiday,' and finds itself now faced with an uncertain future in an increasingly competitive market