On Friday, November 07, I had the amazing opportunity to travel with 32 of my fellow Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) classmates to New York City to attend the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show, as well as the annual Starwood Student Conference. During this weekend of professional development, we were also able to learn how 4 different luxury hotels (The W, Waldorf-Astoria, Grant Hyatt, and The Standard Hotel) attract and retain customers from their different target markets.
Another super fun activity was the scavenger hunt around the island of Manhattan. This group activity took us everywhere from the biggest store in the world, or Macy’s, to Madison Square Garden to a random Starbucks near the Empire State Building. It was through this team building activity that I really got the chance to create some amazing memories and friendships with everyone on the trip.
It truly was an amazing trip, can’t wait until next year!!!!
— Christian Bencid, Junior, Hospitality and Tourism Management