[vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deRejfzm0jo&feature=youtu.be”][vc_column_text]Fifty-six future hotel managers put on a display of hospitality excellence for 250 of the most important world tourism leaders when they prepared and served an exquisite lunch last week for the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) at the Hacienda del Alamo in Malaga. Les Roches Marbella students were honored to have the opportunity to participate in this important event that was attended by representatives of about 50 countries, including more than 10 ministers of tourism. Their hard work and exceptional professionalism was personally acknowledged by UNWTO Secretary General, Taleb D. Rifai.
The Executive Council is the steering committee of the WTO and is responsible for ensuring that the Organization carries out its agenda. The Council meets twice a year and consists of 30 members elected by the United Nations General Assembly at the rate of one for every five Full Members. Spain, as a country that hosts the headquarters of the WTO, has a permanent seat on the Executive Council and this time, one of the powerhouses of world tourism, the city of Malaga has been chosen to hold this meeting, whose working sessions took place from 9 to May 11 in the Palacio de Congresos y Exhibiciones de Malaga.
This was the 103rd session of the Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization and continued where the Council left off during their last meeting in September 2015 in Medellin (Colombia). Among the topics discussed during the conference were the challenges and opportunities in the tourism sector, the working plan of the Organization and the agenda to promote and celebrate the upcoming International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in 2017.
The Executive Council of the World Tourism Organization meetings was focused on advancing global tourism objectives through to 2030 and deepening its links to Sustainable Tourism Development.
The meeting included more than 250 participants from 50 countries including ten ministers of tourism from different member states. On the final day of the conference they enjoyed an amazing luncheon that Les Roches Marbella’s 2nd semester students (BBA2 students study kitchen operations) cooked using a unique fusion of modern and traditional Spanish cuisine. The meal included an amazing selection of dishes like pine nut & garlic foam of Montilla Moriles de Córdoba, a typical Catalan empedrat and cod salad, purple beans and mixed vegetables with vinaigrette”pipirrana” and grilled octopus that fuses the cuisines of Castilla La Mancha and Northern Spain. The tasting menu composed of a total of 24 culinarias creations cooked and served entirely by an international team of 56 students from 25 different nationalities who study the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Hotel Management at Les Roches Marbella.
During their studies, all students at Les Roches Marbella learn (through an intensive program of experiential and classroom training) all the functions necessary for the operation of a luxury hotel. The exercise by first-year students and student ambassadors to create and serve this lunch was a first-class experience that will benefit their future careers in this dynamic and demanding industry. Patricia Rodiles, Institutional Relations and Public Relations Manager of Les Roches Marbella said, “Being surrounded by world tourism authorities and having the opportunity to test their skills has been an honor for this group of students and an experience that has added value by the very fact each of them has proven their competence to manage a complex and important real-world event.”
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