We talked to Teresa Roig, alumnus and account manager at The Hotels Network. She got her bachelor’s degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management (2016) and her Master’s Degree in Hotel Management (2017) at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management Sant Ignasi. We spoke about her first-class professional career and why she studied tourism.
When and how did you enter the professional world?
As a student, I did several internships at hotels. I was involved in different departments, from operational areas (front desk and F&B) to finances. I had my first business training experiences in Barcelona, and after a family trip to the UAE I got the idea of doing the 4th-year internship of my bachelor’s program in Dubai. I managed to get a finance internship at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai DIFC. That was definitely one of my best life experiences!
What did you do after you finished your Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management?
I decided to study for my Master’s Degree in Hotel Management at HTSI, and 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, where I stayed for two more seasons.
How did you end up at The Hotels Network?
After my last season in Ibiza I decided to come back to Barcelona, and I started working as a client success specialist (account manager) at The Hotels Network. It’s a start-up that seeks to increase the conversion rate of the direct channel to hotels.
Why did you study tourism?
I decided to study Tourism and Hospitality Management because I wanted to specialize directly in a successful sector that’s key to both our domestic and world economy, with plenty of professional options. Plus, languages and travel have always been in my DNA.
After your experience studying for your bachelor’s and master’s degree at HTSI, what stands out to you about the School?
HTSI is constantly drawing from experience 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.
To complete the interview, what advice would you give current students?
If they have the chance, they should definitely do their internship abroad. That helps them grow on both a personal and a professional level. Plus, there’s a whole range of professional options in this sector. They shouldn’t limit themselves to a single business or area; they should explore different options—it will enrich them professionally.
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