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Summer School in Tourism Events Management

11Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences is happy to announce the 17th edition of Baltic International Summer School, taking place in the green and active city of Valmiera, Latvia, from June 21 – July 2, 2015. This year the students can apply for 1 of the 2 simultaneous courses:
“International Tourism Events Management” – exploring the event management industry; and “Latvia – Place for Creative Development” which will focus on Latvian culture, language and characteristics in today’s world.

The students from the University of Pannonia are exempt from tuition fee and need to cover only their accommodation, meals, and cultural programme (which is a total of 390 EUR). Students can apply until June 1. The special feature of this year’s summer school will be the possibility to experience the traditional way of Latvian summer solstice celebration “Jani”. We will appreciate if you forward this information to any students who might be interested. Further information can also be found on the website: http://biss.va.lv

Further information:
Liga Cvetkova
International Office
Phone: +371 64250853
Fax: +371 64207229
Email: liga.cvetkova@va.lv
www.va.lv/en

Tourism Internship in Scotland

Photo from www.carnegieclub.co.uk

Photo: www.carnegieclub.co.uk

Tourism and Catering BA students! Here is an excellent opportunity to spend your hotel training in Scotland. Skibo Castle (exclusive hotel and club http://www.carnegieclub.co.uk/) is offering an internship for students from the University of Pannonia.  The internship starts on 15th August 2014. Send your application at your earliest convenience!
Further information: Ms. Petra Gyurácz-Németh nemeth@turizmus.uni-pannon.hu

Extraordinary lessons by PhDr. Daniela Matušíková

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Extraordinary lessons by Leonard Cseh

Extraordinary lessons by Leaonard Cseh

Extraordinary lessons by Leaonard Cseh

Conference for Central European Heritage

Photo: http://conference.kultunio.hu/

Photo: http://conference.kultunio.hu/

The international conference for Central European Heritage – Cultural Development Possibilities in historical cities – will be organized between 11-13 April, 2014, by the KultUnio Foundation with the support of Visegrad Fund. In addition to the professional program the tourism and cultural supply of Budapest will be presented, within the framework of sightseeing tours, along with the accompanying event of a Cultural Fair organized in the heart of the city.

Programmes:

– Plenary talks

– The parallel sessions will provide a choice of presentations for the participants in three blocks:

– Integrated Regional Development and Tourism

– Cultural Urban Development, City Management, Trade

– Urban Economy, City Finance, Property Development, Property Investment

– Facultative programmes

Further information: http://conference.kultunio.hu/

Date: 11-13 April, 2014

Venue: Budapest, Erzsébet tér, Akvárium Klub,

Fee for students: 500 HUF/day.

Registration: http://conference.kultunio.hu/registration.html

Excursion to Rome

The annual excursion of the Department of Tourism was in Rome this year. After the 14 hour bus tour we were glad to walk around the eternal city, we started with the Vatican. After visiting Saint Peter’s Square and Basilica we discovered the rich exhibitions of the Vatican Museums (unfortunately the Sistine Chapel was closed due to the new pope’s election one day earlier). Despite the forecast there was a nice weather and this gave us the opportunity to have a great panorama of Rome from the Garibaldi Memorial.
The next day we headed to the countryside and visited Villa Adriana, a whole complex of palaces built by Emperor Hadrian. Later on we visited the nice town of Tivoli and Castel Gandolfo: here is the pope’s summer residence. From this hilltop settlement one can see a mountain lake on one side and the sea in the distance on the other.
On the third day we explored the still existing memories of the antique world. Our first stop was the must-see Colosseum, from here we walked over to the Forum Romanum, the former commercial and political centre of the Empire. Later in the day we have seen many more buildings from ancient times, climbed the Capitol Hill and experienced the chaos called Roman traffic.
On our final day we threw a coin to the Trevi fountain, were amazed by the gigantic dome of the Pantheon, tried one of the 150 available ice-cream flavours in a real Italian gelateria and finally started our journey back to Veszprém.
tourism department excursion

Photo by Ádám Dallos

The annual excursion of the Department of Tourism was in Rome this year. After the 14 hour bus tour we were glad to walk around the eternal city, we started with the Vatican. After visiting Saint Peter’s Square and Basilica we discovered the rich exhibitions of the Vatican Museums (unfortunately the Sistine Chapel was closed due to the new pope’s election one day earlier). Despite the forecast there was a nice weather and this gave us the opportunity to have a great panorama of Rome from the Garibaldi Memorial.

The next day we headed to the countryside and visited Villa Adriana, a whole complex of palaces built by Emperor Hadrian. Later on we visited the nice town of Tivoli and Castel Gandolfo: here is the pope’s summer residence. From this hilltop settlement one can see a mountain lake on one side and the sea in the distance on the other.

On the third day we explored the still existing memories of the antique world. Our first stop was the must-see Colosseum, from here we walked over to the Forum Romanum, the former commercial and political centre of the Empire. Later in the day we have seen many more buildings from ancient times, climbed the Capitol Hill and experienced the chaos called Roman traffic.

On our final day we threw a coin to the Trevi fountain, were amazed by the gigantic dome of the Pantheon, tried one of the 150 available ice-cream flavours in a real Italian gelateria and finally started our journey back to Veszprém.

Written by Ádám Dallos

The Department of Tourism at ITB Berlin

The Department of Tourism at ITB Berlin

The Department of Tourism at ITB Berlin

Six members of the Department of Tourism attended the ITB in Berlin, the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show as exhibitors with the RECULTIVATUR project. ITB is one of the biggest tourism fairs in the world which is proved by the numbers: 170,000 visitors among them 113,000 trade visitors, 110,000 represented companies from 180 countries. At the ITB the attendees had several tasks to do: meeting and getting to know the project partners, giving information to the audience whilst working at the stall, collecting information about other exhibitors for example about their religious tourism destinations and service providers, participating in relevant panels and presentations, and networking with other exhibitors. The trip was extremely successful, the group collected and gave a lot of information, created a good relationship with the project partners and gained useful knowledge to continue working on the project.
Written by Petra Németh-Gyurácz

Dinner and Dance – Department of Tourism

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Dear Students!

29th March is the evening of the Department of Tourism. This years’s theme is: Hungary!
Hungary in decoration, music and food.

Date: 29th March 2012
Start: 6 pm
Venue: Egyetemi Menza (University Canteen)
Dress code: elegant

Dine and Dance with us until morning comes!
Not only for tourism students!

Programme:

18:00 Start
19:00 Dean’s Welcome
19:30 Dance Show by HEMO Winner Dance  Sport Club
20:00 Dance Show by Honvéd Bakony Táncegyüttes
20:30 Dinner
21:30 Music by ‘Alibi’ band
22:30 Music by ‘Bors’ band
23:30 Lottery Game
00:00 Music by ‘Chungam’ band
04:00 End

You can choose from among 3 options for dinner.
Please don’t forget that you need to pre-order your dinner!

Tickets:
With dinner: 2500 HUF
Without dinner:  1300 HUF

You can buy your ticket in Building “A” Entrance Hall by the tables or in Hotel Magister in Room 1076 (Melinda Garai).

Facebook event:  http://www.facebook.com/events/179309772185450/

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Tourism and Catering BA in English

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The Faculty of Economics has launched its third academic programme in English. Beside the two MA programmes – Economic Analysis MA, and Tourism Management MA – students now can choose to apply for Tourism and Catering BA course. The application process is similar to the academic programs in Hungarian, with one difference; students’ English knowledge and motivation is tested at a personal interview. The first edition of Tourism and Catering BA started with 9 Hungarian and 2 foreign students (from Iran and Nigeria). This number makes it possible for students to study in a friendlier atmosphere and for lecturers’ to hold interactive lectures, giving the chance to students to ask more and discuss problems more openly. The Faculty’s aim is to attract more students from abroad to create diversity among students and to provide an international learning environment, where students can learn how to handle cultural differences and how to cooperate in such diverse teams.

The course contains general/foundation modules, foundation business modules, area specific optional modules, pathway related modules and elective modules. Four different pathways are offered; Hotel Management, Tour Operation and Event Management, Tourism Marketing and Active sport and Ecotourism. The first semester of the programme consists of mainly economics, methodological and business foundation modules. The subjects of this semester are: Mathematical Foundations of Economics, Macroeconomics, Economic Sociology, Introduction to the EU studies, Psychology, Introduction to Tourism and Business Communication.
[Written by: Janka Huják]

MY EXPERIENCE – by Diána Ugrai

“My name is Diana Ugrai and I’m attending the Tourism and Catering BA in English. This was the first opportunity to learn this subject in English at the University of Pannonia and I chose this to learn for my first semester.

As I like English in general I would like to improve my language skills. After one month I can tell that this special course is really useful and interesting. The Hungarian teachers also try to help us to understand the classes better. During this course some native speaking lecturers will teach us. For example, we had an international week course about business communication, which was delivered by Candy Fresacher. These lectures were enjoyable and interesting for everybody.

Besides we have other classes, for instance Introduction to Tourism, Introduction to Psychology and Economic Sociology.

All in all, I can recommend this type of education for everyone, who wants to achieve a good English knowledge. We hope that our efforts will lead to success at the end :-).”

In Scotland with Internship (by Andrea Kovács)

Castle in Dornoch by Andrea Kovacs“On Saturday evening after struggling our way through all the possible means of public transport, we finally succeeded to arrive at Inverness in Scotland. As the hotel was located far away from the city on a large property, we received a car and after a while we were heading for Dornoch.
At first our accomodation was a cottage which was situated a bit away from my workplace (from the castle), so later we requested our replacement to the castle. In the first month there was a training which means that we were collaborating with an experienced colleague who showed us the ins and outs of the profession. That was indeed a great help and there was enough time left for learning about the job.
Possible workshifts were the followings: between 7.00 – 15 30; (early) 8.00 – 16 30; 9.00 – 17 30; 10.00 – 19; 12 – 21.00; (mid) 14 30 – 23.00. (late). Normally, we got the first and last one.
The morning (early) shift started out with cleaning up the ground which was divided into 4 different sections; and in the morning two of us started, then at 8 o’clock the helping hands arrived. Each of us was given different section, when finished, one had to help the other colleagues or go to the laundry.
After we completed the tasks(about 8.30), the next to-do was delegated by either the supervisor or the housekeeping manager. We got the worksheet and were given the bed-clothes, towels from the laundry or the store-room, which we had to pack in and carry to the proper floor, or those who worked outside had to pack the bed-clothes in the car by which they got by.
In the laundry two attendants were employed separately; one fix attendant who always worked there and one substitutor, who could drop in on day-offs. The laundry attendant finished at 17 30 and afterwards the employees in the evening (late) shift took over the laundry. No attendant was assigned to deal with the cleaning of the public area (only in case of less work), but three times a week one of us was appointed to do it.
Only one of us had driving license, so usually she had to clean up the guest-lodgings by driving up there. In the castle there were 21 rooms on the three floors, and together with the guest lodgings there were 53 rooms; and about 16 housemaidens were dealing with them. The proportions were a bit more proper than at home. Of course, tidying up a room takes more than 20 minutes, only making the bed takes 10 minutes (especially, if the sheets you’ve prepared are pretty dirty).
Those who arrived by 9.00 had to go straight to the office to get the worksheet on which one could prepare the clean and neat towels, sheets and we were ready for starting off. The ones who were working at the castle got one floor with 7 rooms to tidy up. Since the guest-lodgings were scattered around the property near or farther, my colleagues had to ride round and round in a car or buggie; in general, we had 3 houses. All the guest-lodging had a kitchen, a living room, 3 bedrooms and an own bathroom. After cleaing up the rooms we had to make a list of all missing items or kits, and we had to top up them.
The late shift set out with cleaning up the personnel toilets/bathrooms. The toilets that belonged to each office or floor was the first task or the breakfast room (though it was usually done during the early shift). Then, we could move on to the next to-do; most of the time was spent in the laundry, except for having jobs left behind. In the evening we needed to do a ’turn down’ in all of the rooms, which meant that all the faucets, bath tubs and shower cabins needed dry cleaning and there was no need for cleaning up. In the rooms all the courtains were to be drawn together, the sheets and covers to be removed as well as beds to be made, hot water bottles and cookies (tablet jars) to be placed in the room. Londeeners put bottles of warm waters in the beds, so-called hotties, or we did so if they had no time or were dealing with the cottages. It was followed by the laundry to-do: towels needed washing, drying, folding and put into their place. When the guests were having dinner in the castle, after dinner (at 22.00) we had to help cleaning the tables, remove the flowers, decorations etc.
During 4 months we took part in the so-called ’introduction day’, which is to be held for the newcomers at the beginning, though we managed to pass this day only after 3 months. It does not matter, it was great fun all the way. On this day there were lectures based on Skibo and his business policies, then the lunch was taking place where the guests were having lunch. After lunch we were carried around the property and told the story, then the directing manager was lecturing on the importance of the right service (at the end there was a quiz aboout the lectures and the winner was rewarded a bottle of fine champaigne). We could choose some of the programs provided for the guests (riding a horse, swimming, shooting and quad). We chose the latter one, which was a good decision (let alone the fatigue-fever afterwards). I think it was a great idea to see things with the eyes of the guests.
Concerning the managers and colleagues, we were really satisfied with them. I must admit that they were quite supportive and friendly. We’ve never experienced like that before; we will miss them a lot, for sure. On the last day we were bid farewell packed with great gifts and references. We can heartfully recommend this opportunity for everyone, it’s a life-long experience! We’ve tried it and loved it.”

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