June 2011, Volume 15, Number 3


Tourism Industry Lessons Learned Over Tapas

Flamenco dancer
MDC students will learn about the tourism industry during studies in Spain and Morocco.

This summer, MDC students will have opportunity to broaden their understanding of international tourism while savoring tapas, sleeping in a 14th century castle and leaving their footprints in the world’s largest hot desert.

Faculty at MDC’s International Hospitality Center have designed the new study abroad program to Spain and Morocco for students who wish to learn about the wealth of cultural delights that both countries offer to travelers.

“Spain is the third most-visited country in the world and considered a culinary capital,” said MDC Hospitality Management Professor Maritza Marrero, who is leading the program. “And in both countries, tourism is a major economic factor.”

Insightful Field Study

Students will meet with industry professionals in the two nations during the course on supervision and training. They will visit Ciomijas, a hospitality university in Marbella, Spain. In addition, they will conduct a field study and build a supervisory training manual for their final projects.

The month-long course will take them to a four-star hotel in the vibrant city of Madrid, where they will visit renowned attractions and historic landmarks, such as La Puerta del Sol, Alcalá and Palacio Real. A high-speed train will take them to Sevilla, where they see famous flamenco artists perform and stay in a restored castle.

Imperial History

Students will also visit the cities of Granada and Málaga in Spain before traveling by ferry to Tangier, Morocco, in Africa. They will stay in Medina and visit Marrakesh, the former imperial city. They also will explore the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

“The contrast between life here and there is startling,” Marrero explains. “The students will feel as if they went back in time.”

And that time traveling will undoubtedly lead them all to more interesting future careers in hospitality and tourism.


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