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Property orientation for Aruban students.
Mid-November EPB San Nicolaas and EPB Oranjestad students were transported to participating ATSA resorts where upon arrival they were greeted by the General Manager or Management representative, who escorted them to a meeting room for an official welcome and presentation, for the purpose of Aruba Timeshare Association resort discovery.
Over the span of two days, the timeshare properties, opened their doors to inform and educate EPB students regarding the hotel industry on the island.
The students toured all departments and were given a general overview of the daily activities required to service guests and help drive Aruba’s successful hospitality industry.
“We view this visit as vital,” explains ATSA President, hotelier Luigi Heredia, “as high school students face their potential employers for the first time, we try to motivate them to join the industry and become passionate about what we do.”
The students and their mentors hail from both the Hato and San Nicholas EPB schools, and they report enjoying the visit and the refreshments at the end of the morning.
ATSA has been hosting the visits for a number of years, in an effort to expose youngsters in the basic professional education cycle, to hospitality.
Among participating resorts this year, Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, La Quinta Beach Resort, Costa Linda Beach Resort, Casa del Mar Beach Resort, Playa Linda Beach Resort, Eagle Aruba Resort & Casino, Caribbean Palm Village, and Paradise Beach Villas.
The student itineraries were carefully crafted to cover the departments such as Maintenance, Food and Beverage, Front Desk, Housekeeping, Administration, Security, and Sales. Tours were conducted by the Department Managers and Supervisors. The resorts also orchestrated a feedback session just before serving students refreshments and lunch, where the focus remained on great interaction, involvement, and passion. Topics covered: Overall management structure and the number of departments in the resort; Individual departmental structure; Dress codes for the industry; Being service-minded; Discipline on the job; Career and growth opportunities and having fun at what you do.
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