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

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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The experience of Anna Contreras, an alumnus of the HTSI Master’s Program in Hotel Business Management


Anna Contreras, chief operations officer at Aspasios Apartments, shared her experience as an alumnus of the Executive Master’s Program in Hotel Business Management at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi – HTSI: “I was doubting between a few different options, but what won me over –besides the School’s reputation, being a part of Ramon Llull University and the good relationship with ESADE– was the great professors”, Contreras explained.

HTSI’s master’s program in hotel management provides the management skills and abilities needed to deal with current challenges in the tourism and hotel industry. It puts students in direct contact with people in the sector through meetings with tourism and hospitality professionals, like the Hospitality Managers Forum organized by the School.

In addition, the master’s program has a clear practical orientation, since it reinforces formal knowledge and provides students with the methods and tools that ensure they can take on personal and professional challenges: “working on my final project throughout the year was really useful. It let me apply everything I learned in a realistic setting”, Contreras concluded.

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The Summer & Job Forum, a singular opportunity fo HTSI students to find work


Summer & Job Forum HTSI Barcelona

On April 25, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (HTSI) organized the second edition of the Summer & Job Forum HTSI. This is a meeting of businesses from the tourism and hotel sector, students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hotel Management, students of the University and Executive Master’s programs and HTSI alumni.

The event, held at the Hotel Arts, provided opportunities for summer internships as well as job offers so HTSI alumni and tourism students could gain a foothold in the work of employment and get a leg up in their careers.

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Xavier Martín: “the focus on business in HTSI’s bachelor degree in tourism is what helped me to launch Turijobs”.


The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (URL) interviewed Xavier Martín Canals, cofounder and general director of the Turijobs job portal. Martín is an HTSI alumnus and a member of the HTSI Advisory Board, which is made up of management from important businesses in the international tourism and hospitality sector. This interview is the first of a series of chats with each of the members of the Advisory Board.

  • The company you direct, Turijobs, started out as your final project at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. What did you learn at HTSI that you were able to incorporate into your project?

Of everything I learned, I’d emphasize the methods needed to turn a project into a reality. I always say that rather than just being taught theory, I was encouraged from the start to think about a practical project that could be applied in real life. This focus on business is what I remember the most and what I liked the most about the School.

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Marketing strategies at music festivals


festivales de musica HTSI estudios de turismo

On Friday, November 23, the roundtable discussion “Festivales de música: miradas desde el marketing y el turismo” (Music festivals: the view from marketing and tourism) was held at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (URL). The discussion was attended by 3rd-year students of the Bachelor Program in Tourism and Hospitality Management, and was also open to students of the Master Program in Business Tourism and Events and Alumni.

The participants were Gemma Recorder, director of Canet Rock; Stefano Maccarone, director of the Share&Festival; and Miquel Fernández, director of Communication Sponsorship and Institutional Relationships at Festival de Cap Roig. Daniela Freund, professor of Operational Marketing (the subject around which the roundtable was based) moderated.

Students had an opportunity to get a first-hand look at festivals and their most notable marketing actions, in addition to learning about their investment in sustainability.

The representative from Cap Roig started the debate by explaining that, as a result of the festival’s diverse audience, “we organize many different marketing actions both in Barcelona during the winter and on the Costa Brava in the summer. Nevertheless, our Marketing Plan starts with the press conference/presentation of the festival we have in March.”

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