Ricard Santomà: “tourists come looking for Facebook likes, and that requires constant innovation on the part of the destination”

Ricard Santomà: “tourists come looking for Facebook likes, and that requires constant innovation on the part of the destination”

18/02/2020

foto-ricard-santomaAs part of FITUR, RNE radio program “No es un día cualquiera” de RNE entrevista a Ricard Santomà, dean of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi

 

RNE: In 2019, 3.4 million tourists visited Spain. The tourism sector provided 12% of the GNP; it’s generating wealth, and employment is stable. Is Spain maintaining its position as a tourism powerhouse? That’s what the numbers seem to show…

Ricard Santomà: the numbers say that Spain is the second biggest tourist destination in terms of international arrivals, after France. Since the dawn of modern tourism, it’s always been in second or third place.

RNE: What sets Spain apart as a tourism destination? 

RS: Spain is seen as a mature, well-established destination. Above all, we’ve used the sun and the beaches, our cultural diversity and all the activities that are available. Plus, Spain has known how to hold its own over time, and that isn’t easy. It has also taken advantage of its infrastructure to promote business tourism.

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Alexandre Font, Events Intern at the Manchester City: “HTSI is a school with great network of professional relationships”

30/01/2020

alexandre-font_htsiAlexandre Font is a student in his final year of the Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. He is also currently serving as an events intern at the Manchester City Football Club, where he works alongside HTSI alumnus Anna Palà, the events manager for the team. 

Font, a student of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (URL), speaks with us about his professional trajectory and his impression of Manchester: “a fantastic city; small but lively, and full of great people.”

We can’t help but ask: how did you get a chance to do your internship as an events planner for Manchester City?

Football has always been one of my biggest passions, and I knew I wanted to find an internship related to it. When I got the chance to work at Manchester City through Anna Palà, an HTSI alum, I didn’t think twice. When you get the opportunity to experience something like this, you can’t say no. Once I was put in contact with the club, I went through several HR interviews before being accepted as an intern.

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

17/06/2019

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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Internship experience at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group: from Barcelona to Hong Kong

25/04/2019

mandarin oriental hotelIn this interview, Claudia Casas, a 4th-year student of the Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management, tells us about her internship experience at the international luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

How did you get the opportunity to work at Mandarin Oriental Barcelona?

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi helped me get an internship at Hotel Mandarin the third year of my bachelor’s studies. I was sure I wanted to work in human resources, and at my meeting with HTSI’s Professional Advisors department—which guides you through the whole process—I told them what department I was interested in and that I wanted to train with an Asian company.

The School helped me get an interview with the Director of Human Resources of Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, and I interned there for 7 months.

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