Success Stories

Hear success stories of former students of the bachelor’s degree in tourism.

Find out why studying at HTSI gave their professional careers a boost and played a key role in their job experience.

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Our Alumni

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Mireia Huerta

CEO MIA EVENTS

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Andrea Reder

Lifestyle Manager Armani Hotel, Milano

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Teresa Roig

Account Manager The Hotels Network

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Mar Falguera

Income Audit Supervisor Bulgari Hoteles & Resorts

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Iratxe López

National Events Manager Pangea the Travel Store

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Blanca Sarrias

Head of quality at Hotel SOFIA Barcelona

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Cristina Albarrán

Director of public relations and experiences at Hotel The Datai (Malaysia)

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Odile Vila

CEO & Founder Leitmotiv Weddings

Alumni de grado en HTSI

Guille García

Senior Software Product Manager ReviewPro

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Albert Orellana

Area Director of Revenue Management at Iberostar Mèxic

Mireia Huerta

CEO at Mia Events

My professional career

While I was studying, I did an internship at Atlántida Viajes and Los Tilos, a modernista house specialized in events. I ended up organizing all the events and weddings held there. Then, I got a job at La Puta Suegra, where I worked for two years as the head of production for weddings and events, and as the group’s creative mind. I learned a lot, and with everything I learned I decided to found my own company.

I studied tourism because...

Because of the opportunity to travel and learn languages.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

For me, the most important part was the chance to study abroad in the US, which I would highly recommend. That’s where I got my interest in events. Plus, I’d emphasize the language classes. They don’t just teach English; you can also choose between German and French, and for a while you could take extracurricular classes in Russian and Chinese in the afternoons. I studied German and Russian for five years. The internships were also really useful. Once you finish your studies, you have plenty of both theory and practice to put in your CV.

What would you tell current students?

Take advantage of all the extracurricular activities the school has to offer. Study abroad; it’s a chance you only get once in a lifetime. During your internships, it’s important to make plenty of contacts; later on, they’ll be a big help in the professional world.

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Andrea Reder

Lifestyle Manager at Armani Hotel, Milano.

My professional career

I started working as a receptionist and in guest relations at Hotel St. Regis Abu Dhabi Corniche, where I was eventually promoted to supervisor. After a few years, Four Seasons opened Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. I joined them as a receptionist because I was really interested in the company. In just over two years I was promoted to supervisor again, and later on I was named assistant manager of Reception at the Dubai International Financial Center. After 6 years in the Emirates, I felt like moving back to Europe. That’s when my experience in Milan started. I work at Armani Hotel as a lifestyle manager, and I’m in charge of three departments: Reception, Concierge and Telecommunications.

I studied tourism because...

I have always loved travelling, speaking other languages, meeting people and, most of all, staying in luxury hotels. With my language skills and my love of travel, I decided tourism was the career for me.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

With all the subjects you study and the opportunities to study abroad, the School opens the door to endless possibilities. Thanks to my first internship at St. Regis Mardavall in Mallorca, I was able to get my first full-time job in Abu Dhabi. With all the contacts you get and how much they help you achieve your goals, if I could do it all over again I’d definitely still chose to study tourism at HTSI.

What would you tell current students?

Once you finish your studies, travel outside of Europe—get to know other markets and other ways of seeing tourism. Stepping outside your comfort zone opens your eyes to a whole new world and gives you the chance to enjoy experiences that will help you improve and get a bigger picture of what tourism is like abroad. Tourism is a sector you have to be passionate about, because it demands lots of hours and dedication. You should fight for what you want to be. Even if the road is rocky, it’s all worth it in the end.

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Teresa Roig

Account Manager at The Hotels Network.

My professional career

As a student, I did several internships at hotels. In my 4th year, I was an intern at the finance department of the Ritz-Carlton Dubai DIFC. That was definitely one of my best life experiences! When I finished my bachelor’s degree, I studied for my master’s in Hotel Management at HTSI. At the end of the program, I did a management internship at Hotel ME Ibiza. Thanks to that internship, I started working at the hotel as a MICE coordinator (groups & events) for the commercial department. Later on, I started working as a client success specialist (account manager) at The Hotels Network—that’s where I work now. It’s a tech company that works to increase the conversion rate of the direct channel to hotels.

I studied tourism because...

I decided to study for my Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management because I wanted to specialize in a successful sector that’s key to both our domestic and world economy, one with plenty of professional options. Plus, languages and travel have always been in my DNA.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

HTSI is constantly drawing from experiences in the sector thanks to the close relationship it has with companies and professionals from the industry. This makes it a leader in the academic world.

What would you tell current students?

If you have the chance, you should definitely do your internship abroad, It helps you grow on both a personal and a professional level. Plus, there’s a whole range of professional options in this sector. Don’t limit yourself to a single business or area; explore different options—it’ll enrich you professionally.

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Mar Falguera

Income Audit Supervisor at Bulgari Hoteles & Resorts, Dubai.

My professional career

I got the chance to take part in a Talent Forum organized by HTSI with recruiters from Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Dubai, where I work now. I started an internship with them as concierge coordinator. Then I did cross-training in finances, and later on I started working as a day auditor. After a year they promoted me to section supervisor, which is where I am now.

I studied tourism because...

I’ve always loved to travel, meet people from other countries, learn new languages and expand my knowledge of how hotels are run.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

From day one, you’re in direct contact with professionals from the sector who share their experiences, and you get to visit them at different hotels and tourism businesses. Then, as an intern, you get constant guidance from the professors.

What would you tell current students?

Participate in as many projects as you can: lectures, fairs, conferences... Also, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Sometimes it’s hard to decide where you want to do your internship or what sector you want to focus on, so I’d suggest getting to know as many fields as possible. That way, you can make a decision based on your personal experience.

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Iratxe López

National Events Manager at Pangea the Travel Store.

My professional career

I’ve always tried to combine my passion for tourism, culture, recreation and events with my interest in communications and public relations. I’ve worked in production at a TV station, I’ve organized events at La Pedrera-Casa Milà, and I’ve managed spaces at the fabulous Fàbrica Moritz, where we organized more than 250 events in one year. Today, I lead the events department on a national level at Pangea the Travel Store, the world’s biggest travel agency. Passion, excellence and commitment are the keys to success in this start-up—I’m really lucky!

I studied tourism because...

There’s nothing that makes me happier than bringing people together. By studying tourism, I got a chance to organize fairs, congresses and events all over the world.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

How committed and accessible the academic team is. It generates a great professor-student family—that’s something you can’t find at many universities.

What would you tell current students?

Think outside the box and dare to propose new projects—there’s plenty to be done. Generation Z is coming up strong, and everyone has their strengths. All you have to do is find yours and go for it! You can be an individual entrepreneur, you can be an entrepreneur within a business, or even within a university. Don’t be afraid to try!

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Blanca Sarrias

Head of quality at Hotel SOFIA Barcelona

My professional career

My professional career has always been centred on hotels. I went from operations assistant at Hotel SOFIA Barcelona to junior hotel manager at a 400-room resort with Catalonia Hotels & Resorts in Cancun. Before my current job, I was sub-director of a 211-room hotel in Barcelona, also with Catalonia Hotels & Resorts.

I studied tourism because...

Tourism opens up the world around us; for me, there’s nothing so exciting. I’ve always loved learning languages, interacting with people from around the world and travelling. I studied tourism at HTSI because of the studies plan, which is focused on management and other topics that are more specific to tourism and hospitality.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

The Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism at HTSI gives you an in-depth look at the reality of the tourism industry, both with courses and with things like hotel visits, visits from professionals and study trips. Another strength of the school is its staff, and how they teach students in a totally personalized, accessible way. Lots of the professors are active professionals that are eager to share their experiences and know-how with students.

What would you tell current students?

Tourism is a constantly growing sector that’s key to our economic and social progress. Despite crises and challenges, it’s proven to be a resilient sector with the capacity to reinvent itself. If you want to be the best professional possible, HTSI will give you the tools to make your dream a reality.

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Cristina Albarrán

Director of public relations and experiences at Hotel The Datai (Malaysia).

My professional career

As a student, my first internship was at Hotel Arts in the lodging department. My second was at Gran Hotel Central; that was more administrative. Once I graduated, I started work as a lodging supervisor at Hotel Arts—in other words, where I did my first internship. Later on, I served as manager on duty for a few years. After that, I worked as director of experiences at the opening of Hotel Park Hyatt de Kyoto. And from there, I moved to the island of Kedah in Malaysia, where I work as the director of public relations and experiences at the most famous hotel on the island: The Datai.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

Thanks to HTSI, I started my professional career before I even finished my studies. I think being in contact with the professional world before you get your degree, is essential: it gives you plenty of experience in your field and, in my case, it opened the door to my first employment contract. That’s something I’ll always be grateful for.

What would you tell current students?

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I’ve always told my team: “we all make mistakes. If we don’t, it’s because we aren’t doing anything at all.” Mistakes are a learning opportunity. Also, be loyal to your values, be yourself. You have to respect your co-workers, thank them for every little thing they do for you, and help them whenever they need a hand. Personal success doesn’t exist; there’s only collective success which is also much more gratifying. Finally, for me, the most important thing is to always listen to your heart. Going back to what I said about fear, being afraid to make mistakes is normal. We all feel it, but one thing’s for sure: if you listen to your heart, you’ll always be right.

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Odile Vila

CEO & Fundadora de Leitmotiv Weddings

My professional career

While I was studying, I got to intern in Barcelona, Brussels and the Canary Islands. I helped organize weddings and other events at luxury hotels from the world’s best hotel chains: Ritz-Carlton, Hilton and Accor. I also did an internship with wedding planners, and I started working at an events venue in Tenerife. At 23, once I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management at HTSI, I decided to launch Leitmotiv: a company focused on organizing and decorating weddings and other events. After three years and over 80 weddings, my team and I are proud to have won the 2018 Gold Medal of Merit in Labour given by the Asociación Europea de Economía y Competitividad, and the Gold Star given by the Instituto para la Excelencia Profesional. These awards have helped to make us role models in the sector, both nationally and internationally.

I studied tourism because...

I knew tourism was my calling years before I started studying. I’ve always been eager to learn and enrich myself with other cultures. Even though I didn’t know what branch of tourism I wanted to focus on when I started, I was interested in tourism in general.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

It's the best place to study tourism in Barcelona. You get a really personalized education since it’s not a particularly big school. Plus, you get the chance to do great internships nationally and internationally throughout your time there. That really helps you to learn and to grow during the four years of the program.

What would you tell current students?

You should take advantage of your time in the bachelor’s program to do as many internships as you can. That way, you can grow on both a personal and a professional level and discover your passion, what you want to dedicate yourself to in the future. Plus, you’ll have plenty of experience by the time you graduate.

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Guille García

Senior Software Product Manager a Reviewpro My professional career I got my Bachelor’s in Tourism and Hospitality Management 6 years ago, and I’ve been working at ReviewPro ever since. I started with a six-month internship as a junior account manager for the British market, and I wound up with an open-ended contract. After two years, thanks to my knowledge of the sector and use of the application, ReviewPro gave me a chance to change departments; so I started working in Products. Overnight, I found myself working shoulder-to-shoulder with computer engineers without having any prior tech experience. Today I’m in charge of a 3-person team, and of managing new developments from the idea to the final product. I studied tourism because... Because I wanted to meet people, discover new cultures and travel the world. What I didn’t expect was I would end up working in technology as applied to the hotel sector. What I would emphasize about HTSI HTSI makes it really easy to find your place in the professional world. If it wasn’t for the School, I wouldn’t have gone down the same path. Things would be entirely different. The opportunity to live and work in London and Amsterdam at just 22 years old was definitely why ReviewPro invested in me. Not all young people have these opportunities at such a young age. If you add the eagerness and the knowledge of the sector HTSI gives you, you have the perfect recipe for success. You don’t even have the time to wonder how it all happened so quickly! What would you tell current students? The idea that professional success has to do with your contacts seems like a cliché, but it’s true. Whoever has been recommended is generally the first in line, and that happens with everything in life. The opportunity you get from studying at HTSI is that you get recognition even if you haven’t had a chance to prove anything yet: that leads to an enormous list of opportunities. The hardest part is getting started, and that’s where HTSI comes in. Take advantage of it!

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Albert Orellana

Area director of Revenue Management at Iberostar Mexico.

My professional career

I started as a receptionist at NH Hotels. Then I moved to Brussels to work at Marriot Hotels, and when I came back to Barcelona I was promoted to reception supervisor. Next, I got the chance to transfer to Revenue Management at another hotel the same company has in Dénia. After I came back to Barcelona a second time, I started working for Melià hotels and transferred to Mexico, where I live now. I work as the director of Revenue Management at Hotel Paradisus Cancún. 

Two years ago, I changed companies again. I started working at Iberostar, where I’m currently the area director of Revenue Management. I’m in charge of hotels in Mexico, which make up 20% of the company’s income. I have 15 years of experience in the hotel sector with 10 years of specialization in revenue management, although I’ve also been very involved in other areas.

I studied tourism because...

It was by chance, but when I started my first internship at a hotel I knew that was what I wanted to do. I’ve been working in hotels ever since, and although I’ve been in charge of a non-operative department for 10 years, I love the hotel environment.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

The professionality and the way you’re treated by both HTSI professors and staff, who all have plenty of experience in the hotel and tourism sector. It’s an accessible, relaxed environment where you get quality training that will help you stand out as a professional years later.

What I would tell current students

Enjoy every moment. Take advantage of your internships and participate in all the activities offered outside of the classroom that put you in contact with the professional sector. Get to know your classmates; down the road, they’ll be leaders in the sector.

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Anna Bellmàs

Marketing project manager at the European Travel Commission

 

My professional career

Soon after graduation, I started working at the central offices of the Catalan Tourist Board. I worked in the operational marketing department, where I found my passion for tourism promotion.

Later on, I was selected by the Spanish Tourism Institute to receive one of their scholarships to promote Spain as a destination abroad. It included a master’s degree in international tourism promotion in Madrid and a one-year internship at their tourism office in Buenos Aires.

After a year in Argentina, I decided to come back to Europe. I was chosen to work in the Catalan Tourism Office in Benelux, so I wound up in Brussels. After two years promoting Catalonia, I started my current job at the European Travel Commission. That’s where I started promoting Europe as a destination internationally.

I studied tourism because...

I’ve always loved travelling and learning about other cultures and ways of seeing the world. I’m proud to work in a sector that makes cultural exchange possible and that helps people discover and learn things outside of their everyday settings.

What I would emphasize about HTSI

Its international projection, the good reputation the School has in the tourism sector and the guidance it offers students. The professors and other HTSI professionals are always eager to help students reach their goals. Plus, the University helps to insert students in the tourism sector with its broad network of international and domestic contacts.

What I would tell current students

The current situation might be a little discouraging for students or recent graduates. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned from this crisis, it’s the huge importance of the tourism sector here and abroad. That’s not just in terms of the economy and employment; it’s also the need we all have to travel, explore, and step outside of our everyday surroundings to disconnect.

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Alex Font

Co-founder of Gaddex

 

My professional career

I interned as a hotel consultant and broker at Christie & Co. Spain and Portugal, where I spent six amazing months getting to know great professionals from the sector. Later on, I moved to England to organize events for the Manchester City Football Club, where I was able to combine my two biggest passions: sports and hospitality.

I came back to Barcelona just as the pandemic was starting. That’s when my partners and I decided to launch Gaddex. It’s a project we’ve been pouring our heart and soul into, and we’re learning new things every day. Gaddex is an app designed to revolutionize socialization in companies.

 

I studied tourism because...

My family has always been involved in the sector, and I started to get interested in it at a young age. At first, I was torn between Business Administration and Tourism and Hospitality Management. When the time came to make a decision, I decided I should start specializing myself right away so I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management at HTSI.

 

What I would emphasize about HTSI

HTSI has the closeness of a business school and the rigour of a university. One of the best things about our School is its enormous network of professional contacts. It gives students opportunities for internships and employment that provide first-hand experience in the sector. I always say that students don’t leave HTSI as bachelors of Tourism and Hospitality Management; when they leave the School, they’re professionals with a year of experience thanks to the internships.

 

What I would tell current students

My sister is in her first year of the bachelor’s program, so I know what I’m talking about. I’d tell them to see the current situation as a challenge and not as an obstacle. They should adapt their habits to fit the circumstances they find themselves in. It isn’t easy to change your habits and get used to studying online, but if you organize yourself and go with the flow, you can draw plenty of positive conclusions while studying from home.

As for students who are finishing up, I’d tell them to remain mentally strong and believe in their abilities. With the situation they’re going to encounter, they’ll need it more than ever.

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