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.
– 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.
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
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
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!
19:00 Dean’s Welcome
19:30 Dance Show by HEMO Winner Dance Sport Club
20:00 Dance Show by Honvéd Bakony Táncegyüttes
21:30 Music by ‘Alibi’ band
22:30 Music by ‘Bors’ band
23:30 Lottery Game
00:00 Music by ‘Chungam’ band
You can choose from among 3 options for dinner.
Please don’t forget that you need to pre-order your dinner!
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/
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 :-).”
“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.”
Where would you rather be if you have the choice of an island paradise holiday? Would it be as far away as Hawaii or Palawan in the Philippines? Or would it be closer to home: here in Europe you could choose Rhodes, Lanzarota or Ireland? Enjoy a slide show giving you a taste of what makes these islands a paradise – or not – and decide which would be best for you.
The island state of Hawaii in the USA is very far from anything, yet has 5 island destinations worth visiting so if you are going there from Europe it means trying to see everything at once. But the Philippines has over 7,000 islands meaning choosing the right place is incredibly difficult. And what about here in Europe? Greece has plenty of destinations; and Spain doesn’t only have the Grand Canaries, but also Mallorca or Ibiza to choose from. And if we want to practice our English then Great Britain and Ireland are a pair of island countries to think about.
What roles do infrastructure, accommodation, transportation, activities, clean beaches, good weather, or affordability play on the decision of where to go to begin with? How do these things impact our view of our own personal paradise once we have visited the place? Come, see and make your own decision about what your own island paradise might be like.
Meet Dr. Candy Fresacher at the World Travellers Club
September 28th at 7 pm
in the Central Hostel (Központi Kollégium)
This year the Department of Tourism visited the beautiful Northern-Italy. The 4-day-trip was organised by – as usual – András Jancsik and more than 50 people were eager to see the area the program offered. We visited Verona, the area of Lake Garda and at last but not least the peculiar Venice.
The first day we headed to the romantic city of Verona and even though the faces were not as romantic (after the night spent on the bus) to fit the scenery, we were deeply engaged by the charm of the city. With the lead of the dean, who this time took the role of tour-guide, we saw the Arena of Verona, the thirds greatest amphitheatres of Italy, where famous operas are held yearly; we admired the lovely river surrounding Verona’s fortress and we also tried to figure out how Romeo climbed up to Julia, when visiting her balcony at the well known scene of Shakespeare’s world famous piece (we must admit, Romeo must have been a super guy, because we did not find any way to climb up on those walls!). After the sightseeing tour, everyone headed to one of the many pizzerias or ice cream bars, to get the first impression of the Italian gastronomy. This momentum lasted nearly during the whole trip as you could always see a few members of our group eating ice-cream at the free-time period.
Second day, we went to see the beautiful Lake Garda. Our first destination was Sirmione, where we visited the fortress of Sirmione, offering a beautiful view over the lake (which looks rather like a see). Along the road we stopped at many romantic towns like Salo, Riva del Garda, Malcesine. We took the direction towards the tunnels, which we observed cautiously: we just fit into it with our large double-decker bus. It was fun up until a truck appeared suddenly opposite us, approaching with fairly high speed. We stopped just on time and had to head backwards out of the tunnel as we proved to be too wide to pass. We ended up turning at the very narrow, tight serpentine path, while the whole bus was giving way to their despairs, whether our lives were going to end as catastrophe tourism or we would survive with the simple experience of adventure tourism. By the end of the trip, everyone developed tunnel phobia.
On the third day, we visited small towns in the Veneto region. We went to Cittadella, where we saw the remains of the wall built in the middle ages, the atmospherical Bassano del Grappa and lastly the citadel of renaissance, Vicenza.
The last day was what everyone waited the most: we visited Venice. The city of lagoon offered a great program: we sailed through the Canal Grande and we got off at St. Mark Square. In the one hour free time program we had time to see the St. Mark’s Basilica, some of us clambered up at the tower at St. Mark’s Square and others took a chance to feed the pigeons, which is cannot be missed, when you are in Venice!
With the lead of our tour-guide, we spent one hour with walking among the intimate, unique alleys of the city, always reaching beautiful buildings, temples and bridges hiding from the mass of tourists.
For one last time, everyone took their chance to taste the original Italian pizza: we flooded one of the many restaurants (yes, the waitress was shocked when we entered) and tried to enjoy their food till the very last bits. After “dinner”, everyone rushed away to see as much from Venice by night as possible.
We left Italy with many reminiscences and I am sure, everyone enjoyed the „taste” these four days left in us about Italy. Most of us said that they will definitely return to the country one day.
The Faculty of Economics is really pleased to announce that the Department of Tourism is launching a 7-semester-long, full-time BA programme in Tourism and Hospitality in English.
The aim of the programme is to provide students with knowledge in tourism as a specific socio-economic phenomenon and discipline. It aims to develop technically competent, broad based individuals who think and communicate effectively and who have the skills required to conduct research, carry out problem-solving and undertake critical analysis. Tourism is the focus and the programme draws on the results and methods of many disciplines to inform the study.
The main topics of the programme are:
• trends in the supply and demand of international tourism;
• economic, social and environmental impacts of international tourism development;
• tourism and sustainable development;
• integrated tourism planning.
The programme gives the students opportunities for in-depth analysis of tourism in a number of different contexts, including economic, social, technological and environmental, set within a broad structure of management and business techniques and principles.
The courses of the programme provide students with a high level of intellectual challenge as well as opportunities for gaining practical industry related experience.
The Faculty of Economics is looking forward to welcoming international students at this programme starting in the 2011 fall semester.
For more info go to: http://wiki.gtk.uni-pannon.hu/mediawiki_en/index.php/Tourism_Management