The twenty-fifth anniversary of the Tourism studies in the University of Alicantand is commemorated this Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in format on line, with the Day of the Degree in Tourism. “University studies in Tourism: balance of 25 years and new challenges” gives its name to the day that, due to confinement due to the pandemic, was forced to suspend on March 26, 2020, the year in which it was twenty-five years old of the launching of the official studies of tourism in the UA. It was the Official School of Tourism of the Generalitat Valenciana, whose creation dates back to 1994 and was the result of institutional collaboration between the UA and the old Institut Turístic Valencià (ITVA), since these studies, in the CV, as a qualification of Technician in Tourist Companies and Activities (TEAT), until that moment depended on the Official School of Tourism of Madrid. The Official School of Tourism of the GV was assigned to the UA for teaching purposes, through the mandatory agreement, and to which all the private schools of the CV that taught the aforementioned TEAT title were linked. Later, in 1996, the Diploma in Tourism began to be taught, the basis on which the current degree in Tourism at the UA is configured.
Juan F. Mesa Sanz, Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Paz Such, coordinator of the Degree in Tourism at the Faculty; Raúl Ruiz Callado, dean of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences; and José Luis Gascó Gascó, director of the University Institute for Tourism Research (IUIT), will present the activity at 9:30 am.
Enrique Torres Bernier, from the University of Malaga, gives the keynote presentation at 10 am “25 years of official tourism qualifications at the Spanish University. Lights and shadows”. At 4:30 p.m. and to talk about the “Evolution of the tourism sector and balance of the adaptation of tourism studies to training needs. Training content in the face of the new challenges of tourism ”, will intervene María Jesús Such Devesa, professor of Applied Economics at the University of Alcalá.
The professor Fernando Vera Rebollo placeholder image, a researcher at the IUIT and the Institute of International Economics, and coordinator of the Interuniversity Doctorate Program in Tourism, will moderate the first of the round tables, which will take place from 11:45 am. ANDProfessor Vera was the promoter and liaison person In which the Consell supported the creation of the old school, a school of which the teacher, now retired, Concha Bru Ronda was the first director. The table will seek to promote the debate on how tourism studies have evolved and analyze to what extent they are responding to the current reality, influenced by important changes such as the incorporation of the Internet.
At this first roundtable will take part Antonio Guevara, president of the INTUR Network and dean of the Faculty of Tourism of the University of Malaga; José Antonio Pérez-Aranda, director of the EU CETT-Universitat de Barcelona; Dolores Teruel Serrano, professor at the Higher Polytechnic School of Gandía, of the Polytechnic University of Valencia; and Josep Ivars Baidal, from the IUIT.
The second of the round tables will be moderated by Ana B. Ramón Rodríguez, professor of Applied Economics at the UA. The participants will try to put on the table the current needs of companies and the tourism sector, and make an assessment of how the training received, characterized by transversality and multidisciplinarity, is responding to these demands.
They will participate in the second discussion table Leire Bilbao, director of Visit Benidorm; Paz Such Climent, professor of Regional Geographic Analysis, vice-dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and coordinator of the Degree in Tourism at the UA; Mercedes Úbeda, Vice Dean of Business Administration and Double Degrees of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences; Javier Solsona Monzonís, head of the Valencian Community Tourism Training area; Victoria Puche Francés, president of the Provincial Association of Hotels and Tourist Accommodation of Alicante; and Bartolomé Marco Lajara, director of the Department of Business Organization of the UA.
The day is organized by the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, with the collaboration of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences, the University Institute of Tourism Studies of the UA, the Generalitat Valenciana and Turisme Comunitat Valenciana.
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