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American Hotel Academy

MSc First Field Trip – London

The first MSc business field trip was a success! All our master students had the opportunity to participate in the first professional Business Field Trip, which is a newly introduced part of the programme and is included in the tuition fee.

The primary objective of our master’s programme is to help students transition from ideas and theory to applied practices.

The aim of the trip is for them to interact with as many executives, focus on as many business development activities as possible and be exposed to business issues and solutions.

 Taking place in London for 3 days (between 22-25 Jan), our students had the possibility to immerse themselves in the industry and apply the in-class accumulated knowledge, challenge it against top professionals and ask their questions to learn beyond academic resources.

The first day began with a walk through the legendary Hyde Park to reach the five stars luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel, where we were greeted by our very own alumna, Alexandra Badarica, Sales Coordinator, and her executive colleagues. The visit included a Q&A session followed by a hotel tour.

After a quick coffee break and a change of scenery, we arrived the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. During the visit we engaged in conversation with the hotel executives and concluded it with a tour of the hotel.

All of us then enjoyed a free afternoon where they could roam the seemingly endless streets of London.

 

A change of pace greeted the second day with a visit to the London Stock Exchange followed by the now familiar routine of meeting and speaking with executives and touring the InterContinental London – The O2.

Another free afternoon saw the trip come to an end as next day’s plane took off and brought us home.

Looking back, the biggest surprise came from the fact that our name preceded us. Received by the Heads of Talent in each of the hotels, the recruiters were eager to get to know our MSc students as the interns from our BA programme had made a very good impression on them during their placements.

Thus, the field trip was fun and educational so we can safely declare it a success! Building on this we look forward to organise the one for next year and for many years to come!

 

We thank for their hospitality:

 

InterContinental London – The O2:

Chris Rooney, Talent and Culture Manager

Holger Marass as director of operations.

Emma Hatt – MICE director

Bryony Crosbie – Talend and Culture Exec

Globy Ouseph – GM

 

Hyatt Regency London:

Catherina Ballan – Talent Acquisition

Madalina Tudor – Food and Beverage Administrator

 

Mandarin Oriental:

Robin Vermeire – Human Resources Head of Talent & Capability

Ana Coles – Human Resources Officer

Alexandra Bădărîcă – Sales Coordinator