The world of motor homes and the authentic journey


anna-bove_alumni-htsi-1“My name is Anna Bové. I love travelling and the simple things in life. I consider myself a restless adventurer, but I’m also a calm person. My partner and I were talking about buying a van and adapting it as a living space so we could travel the world in it. Finally, in 2019, we took the plunge: we bought the van and began to transform it into our home on wheels (@viajandoenblue). Now, we tell the story of our project on the website Viajando en Blue


Tell us about your trip. 

In the summer of 2020, we started our first long trip—almost 5 months—in our old VWT4 with our little dog, Xena. More than travelling, it was about living on the road in a new region of Europe. At first we’d move somewhere new each day, but later on we adapted a calmer approach. We visited towns and did our shopping, but we loved nature the most: discovering lakes, rivers or forests. Still, every now and then we’d also visit big cities and capitals.

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Mass COVID-19 testing at URL campuses


covid19-cribratges-campusAll non-vaccinated, asymptomatic members of the URL community can voluntarily participate in the mass testing campaign organized by the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia. The goal of this testing is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and return to normality as soon as possible.

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The adventure of living without limits



“I’m a travelling adventurer who gets around in a wheelchair ever since a motorcycle accident I had when I was 18. After a long and difficult process, I learned that there were plenty of things I could still do. I started to exercise, drive, work… But the whole time, I was yearning to fulfil my dream of travelling the world.

Finally, that day came. I’ve spent the last seven years living and travelling all over the world. I love to travel and discover new, fascinating cultures, incredible people and spectacular landscapes. I like experiencing and living life to the utmost without letting my circumstances limit me. There’s a whole world out there to discover!

Right now, I’m studying tourism at the University of Girona. I work offering motivational conferences on empowering others through resilience and a positive attitude, and I’ve also given training workshops and awareness talks.

I’m itching to travel again! You can follow me on Instagram @intrepid_manu”


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Over 100 students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism are completing internships despite the pandemic



Over 100 students of HTSI’s Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management are currently interning in companies from the international tourism and hotel sector.

By working closely with the sector, the School of Tourism managed to ensure that students would be able to complete their obligatory internships and complete their bachelor’s degrees despite the crisis in the sector caused by the pandemic.

Hotels and businesses focused on recreation, cruises, digital marketing, events or safaris are some companies where students are training this second semester.

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Marc Forcadell, HTSI alumnus and hotel software specialist



Marc Forcadell, HTSI alumnus and country manager for Spain at RoomRaccoon, spoke with us about his eminently commercial career in the hotel sector. 


Tell us about your first steps in the professional world. 

When I finished my degree in tourism in 2004, I started working at the reservations department at Expo Hotels, where we also managed the old Hotel Torre Catalunya.

When did you get involved in sales?

At Hotel Barcelona Princess, as the coordinator of Groups & Events. I managed congresses and big events like 3GSM, a cardiology congress, or Formula 1. I really enjoyed the experience, and that’s when I started to become interested in the commercial world.

From there I moved to Tourico Holidays, a tour operator from the US that had opened an office in Spain. The manager and I focused on contracting and promoting the company in the sector.

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C. Palazzi: “The instinct to travel is part of human nature”


cristian-palazzi-1To inaugurate the #wewilltravelagain campaign, we interviewed Cristian Palazzi… who else? Besides having visited 30 different countries, his work as a professor of social philosophy, tourism and globalization at HTSI, ESADE and UAB have led him to reflect on the nature of travel. 

Our conversation with Palazzi—who is also the director of social impact at Playground magazine and an expert consultant in bioethics—was a long, enriching discussion on the meaning of travel and human nature. We hope you enjoy it!


Why do we travel? Is there any purpose? 

Curiosity is an intrinsic part of humans. It’s not just about what we want to know, but also what we want to touch and see. The instinct to travel is a part of human nature: it gives us a chance to discover things we can’t experience in our everyday lives.

When we’re culturally curious, we like talking to others and discussing other cultures. This drives us to put ourselves in scenarios that aren’t habitual—experiences that take us out of our routines and enrich us. Then, we can apply what we’ve learned to our daily lives.

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#Wewilltravelagain, a new campaign by HTSI School of Tourism




Precisely one year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (HTSI) wants to emphasize the importance of travel as the origin and essence of what we do. As a result, we’ve launched the campaign #Wewilltravelagain, #volveremosaviajar. For five months, we’ll share content on travel and “propose activities so that, together, we can dream of travelling again.”

A year ago, the world ground to a halt. This past year has changed the life of society in general: “at HTSI, we believe now is the time to emphasize our origin: travel. The world will start turning again, we’ll travel again, and we’ll be ready to restart tourism. It’s also up to us to design the future of tourism.”

The first action in this campaign involves flooding the social networks with pictures from our favourite trips to remind everyone that we will, in fact, travel again. For the time being, we’ll just have to do so through our pictures and memories.

Please, post a picture from the journey of your lives on the social networks, tag us, and add whatever text you want along with the hashtags #volveremosaviajar,  #Wewilltravelagain and #htsiexperience.

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Facebook @TurismoSantIgnasiHTSI

Twitter  @TurismoStIgnasi

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Community Tourism, debated at the Sanctuary of San Pedro Claver in Colombia


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On February 25, the first Conversatorio Virtual on community tourism was organized by the Sanctuary of San Pedro Claver in Cartagena (Colombia). Participants included Esther Binkhorst, Jorge Peralta and Jordi Ficapal, professors of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (HTSI).

This event was the result of a collaboration between HTSI and the Sanctuary to organize a study trip to Colombia for students of the Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism (unfortunately, this year’s edition was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

“Turismo comunitario: una alternativa socioeducativa” (Community tourism: a socio-educational alternative) was the title chosen to show the people of Cartagena de Indias how tourism can be a positive opportunity for community development and an alternative to mass tourism.

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El turismo comunitario, a debate en el Santuario San Pedro Claver de Colombia


turismo comunitarioEl 25 de febrero tuvo lugar el primer Conversatorio Virtual organizado por el Santuario San Pedro Claver de Cartagena (Colombia) sobre turismo comunitario. En él participaron Esther Binkhorst, Jorge Peralta y Jordi Ficapal, profesores de la Facultad de Turismo y Dirección Hotelera Sant Ignasi (HTSI). 

Este evento nace de la colaboración de HTSI y el Santuario en la realización del Study Trip a Colombia para los estudiantes del Grado en Turismo (este año suspendido por la pandemia de la Covid-19).

“Turismo comunitario: una alternativa socioeducativa” fue el título elegido para mostrar a la comunidad de Cartagena de Indias como el turismo puede ser una oportunidad positiva para el desarrollo de las comunidades y una alternativa al turismo de masas. 

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#8M2021. Women’s Day



In recent years, special attention has been paid to the importance of having tools and  mechanisms to achieve full equality between women and men, and to eradicate any form of  sexist violence, be it physical, psychological or sexual. 

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi (Universitat Ramon Llull) is  strongly against any discriminatory, abusive or offensive conduct or attitude and undertakes  to ensure that the university community can develop and interact in safe spaces and free  situations of harassment and violence, guaranteeing the principles of dignity and freedom, as  well as ensuring the health and well-being of people. 

HTSI, in compliance with current legislation and regulations and in line with its firm  commitment to gender equality, has a Prevention and Action Protocol to combat Gender  Violence prepared by the Ramon Llull University (URL) with two main objectives: act as a  prevention tool and provide mechanisms and guidelines for action in the event of detection of  situations of sexual harassment, based on sex, sexual orientation or gender expression.

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