Phase 1: Why did I choose to study tourism/course expectations

During high school I had the idea of studying tourism. As I didn’t really know what tourism is about, I did an internship in a hotel on Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) in order to get an idea of the hotel business. At first I did a cross training in almost all departments of the hotel. Then I decided to stay at reception as it is for me the heart of the hotel. At reception you have the direct contact to the guests but also to the staff of other departments like housekeeping, restaurant, maintenance or management. Half year later it was clear to me that I wanted to be a hotel manager and started with my study tourism management. After almost 3 years of studying, I’m sure that I don’t want to be a hotel manager anymore. I did some really interesting internships that showed me that tourism has more to offer than being a hotel manager.  Furthermore I’m also interested in languages and experience different cultures. I like to get in contact with the locals and to communicate with them in their language (if I am able to speak it). Another aspect which is fascinating in tourism for me is service related. Tourism industry has the possibility to make people happy and feel important during their vacation by offering good service.

My expectations for the course  are not really specified yet. I hope to learn something about English tourism and leisure terminology. I’d like to have a look at topics from different perspectives, not only from the management perspective (that’s what we had at our home university).

One Response to “Phase 1: Why did I choose to study tourism/course expectations”

  1. Wendy Hagethorn says:

    I totally agree with you on the part where you describe how you want to see the topics from different point of views and not only the management perspective. I also think it is very important to look at it from, for example, the tourists point of view so you can anticipate on the needs of the tourist and your company/business is therefore able to adjust to the tourists/travelers/guests desires. Not only out of the perspective of what is best for the company (what of course is an important part) but from the point of view that tourists have, so that you can meet the expectations and needs more effectively and create customer satisfaction.
    I find it also interesting that the motivation for choosing your tourism study is almost equal to the ones I have. This motivation is in my opinion one of the most important because when you don`t like other cultures, traveling, languages and the service aspect tourism is not the right field of study to choose.

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