Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Swiss Connection

On February 9, 2016, a group of colleagues has visited the Faculty of Economics, Socio-Human Sciences and Engineering, Miercurea Ciuc of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania from Höchere Fachschule für Tourismus (HFT) Tourismus Akademie, Luzern and Thun, Switzerland who were also interested in the activities of the Department of Humanities.

On this occasion Zsuzsanna Ajtony, lecturer of the Department, manager of the Sapientia team, presented the Erasmus+ international project the department is involved in, entitled “Key Skills for EU Hotel Staff”. Marcel Furer and Daniel Mahler were given leaflets of the project. After having been presented with both the apps and the e-learning platform, they showed great interest in our project and asked questions.

After the meeting, we agreed that in the near future Swiss students will visit our faculty for a study trip and we included a possible future collaboration in the domain of tourism and languages.

Zsuzsanna Ajtony

Project Manager of Sapientia team

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The “Skills4Hotels” project dissemination at the travel tradeshow “Balttour 2016”

On 5 February 2016, two project team members from Turiba University visited the international tourism fair “Balttour 2016” in Kipsala International Exhibition Centre, in Riga, Latvia.

„Balttour” is the biggest and most important travel tradeshow in the Baltic countries, which opens the new tourist season in the region and creates a festive feeling for industry professionals and travelers. More than 470 exhibitors and 850 participating organizations from 41 countries participated in this year’s “Balttour”.

“Skills4Hotels” project leaflets were disseminated at the fair and the project members informed representatives of the hotel sector – Avalon hotel, Islande hotel, Baltic Beach Hotel, Hotel Jūrmala SPA and others- about the project and the possibility for hotel employees to improve their language skills by using the created materials.

 

Anete Veipane and Evita Vecvagare
project team members of Turiba University
Latvia

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Piloting the project at Gastein Valley in Austria

I have been staying at this hotel for many years and know the family and the staff very well. They have been using my Tick-Tack language software for a number of years and have helped me greatly in developing the programs and helping me with Russian translations.

 I did not visit them in 2015 so this was the first time that they had seen Front Desk, the apps and digital maps.  They offered a number of useful comments and suggestions that we will consider.

Being high season it was not possible to get all the staff together for formal presentations so I gave individual demonstrations to each member of staff in turn, as they could be spared.

They were disappointed not to be able to have the Learning Platform to play with as they were keen to see how it is developing.

They were very impressed with the digital maps. They all wanted to play with the maps so were very pleased to be able to access them on-line without difficulty.

They asked to be given the opportunity to try the Learning Platform themselves at the earliest opportunity.

David Sephton

Manager of Primrose Publishing Ltd.

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