Mar Falguera: “Direct contact with professionals from the sector is key to learning at HTSI”


mar-falgueraWe interviewed Mar Falguera, Day Auditor at The Bvlgari Resort & Residences Dubai, and alumnus of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (URL). Falguera, who obtained her bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management (2017), started her career at the international hotel chain as Residences Concierge Coordinator, and has been working in Finances for 5 months.


What would you emphasize about the education you received at HTSI?
The direct contact with professionals from the sector, either because they visit the school or because students travel to their hotel or tourism business to get to know them. I’d also emphasize the quality of the professors: many currently work in the sector, and that makes it easier for them to have first-hand knowledge of the industry. Plus, I got a lot out of the professional trips we took to London, Belgium and France.
Why did you decide to study tourism?
I like to travel. I always knew I wanted to be “at the front desk”. I wanted to treat customers the way I wanted to be treated, and I wanted to learn how to do it. Plus, I’ve always liked languages and learning about other cultures, so the bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management at HTSI was perfect for me.

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Master’s students in events management attend IMEX and The Future Leaders Forum in Frankfurt



Students of HTSI’s Executive Master’s Program in Business Tourism and Events visited IMEX and the Future Leaders Forum, held in Frankfurt. IMEX, held from May 12-14, is known worldwide as a gathering for those organizing events, meetings and incentive trips.

Gloria Martí, Georgina Calvo and Francesc Vila served as representatives of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi – HTSI, and they got a chance to attend different conferences, to network with professionals from the world of events and to participate in the Future Leaders Forum. This program is organized by IMEX, MPI (Meeting Professionals International) and MCI, and it is attended by recognized international businesses from the MICE sector that invite university students from around the world to interact with them.

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An HTSI investigation on autism is published in the “International Journal of Tourism Research”


investigacion-autismo-htsiThe prestigious “International Journal of Tourism Research” has published the results of an investigation on the experience of families with autistic children in the tourism sector (Enhancing the hospitality customer experience of families with children on the autism spectrum disorder). This investigation was led by the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi.

The study was conducted by researchers from HTSI (Mónica Cerdán, Mireia Guix, Gilda Hernández-Maskivker and Daniela Freund), ESADE (Anna Iñesta) and Blanquerna (Montserrat Castelló); three federated schools within  Ramon Llull University.

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ranking-el-mundo-masters-okThe Master’s Degree in Business Tourism and Events  is among Spain’s 5 best master’s programs specialized in tourism, according to El Mundo newspaper’s annual ranking. This program, which came in at nº 5, is notable for its close relationship with the sector, as well as the opportunities for networking participants enjoy.

Business tourism and events management is one of the most significant, fast-growing areas of the tourism and hotel sector. Cities like Barcelona are becoming known as venues for events, as well as recipients of a large number of business travellers.

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“The more different the destination, the more you learn from the experience”


intercambio-academicoJulia Caellas Foix, estudiant de 4rt del Grau en Turisme de la Facultat de Turisme i Direcció Hotelera Sant Ignasi, ens explica en aquesta entrevista com va ser la seva estada en la UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) de Buenos Aires durant el seu període d’intercanvi acadèmic.


In this interview, Julia Caellas Foix, 4th-year students of the UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) in Buenos Aires, describes her experience at the UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) in Buenos Airesduring her time studying abroad.

The UADE is one of 25 universities HTSI collaborates with for student and docent exchange, training and research on the highest levels.

What was your time in Buenos Aires like?

It was great. I’d read about the country, but what I found when I got there was nothing like I expected. At first it was all a bit chaotic because things generally move much more slowly there, but people are also much friendlier and welcoming than they are here. We got used to it right away.


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