As part of the Professional Development Advisors program run by a team of professionals specialized in human resources in tourism, hotel management, events and recreation, HTSI organized a professional trip with 2nd-, 3rd– and 4th-year students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management to get to know hotels in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
The main goal of the trip was to organize a meeting between HTSI students and the tourism and hotel sector of the United Arab Emirates to get to know internship opportunities. Students got an inside look at the hotel models of Ritz Carlton Dubai and Ritz Carlton Abu Dabi, Bulgari Hotel and Sangri-La Hotel, and to interview with the heads of Human Resources at each company.
“Dubai and Abu Dabi are leading destinations in the hospitality industry. Students went to hotels to meet the professionals who may guide their professional growth”, explained Gisela Domínguez, HTSI professor and one of the heads of Professional Development Advisors.
Contact with HTSI alumni at different hotels
In addition, the professional trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi provided HTSI’s tourism students with an opportunity to get to know three alumni who are currently working in hotels in the UAE: Mar Falguera, Day Auditor at Hotel Bulgari Resort Dubai; Jordi Cortina, Human Resources Administrator at Hotel Ritz-Carlton Dubai and Raquel Orriols, Groups Sales Coordinator at Hotel Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi.
“This was a really useful opportunity for guiding students. They had a direct emotional connection to the tourism sector and our school alumni, who they got to talk and exchange experiences with. We hope that many of them will find internships at the hotels we visited”, Domínguez concluded.
The Professional Development Advisors project is key to ensuring HTSI’s commitment: promoting the talent and employability of our students through different educational and professional initiatives during the four years of the bachelor’s degree in tourism.
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