Algarve School of Hospitality to Launch Online Course on Luxury Tourism in April
The Algarve Hospitality and Tourism School (Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Algarve) in Faro is one of three in Portugal to launch a new online luxury tourism course in April.
The 100-hour course (up to 165 hours if students choose optional modules) aims to help tourism professionals learn how to deliver “personalized and exclusive experiences” to guests of luxury hotels and resorts.
In other words, the course will teach students about the luxury hospitality industry, how to welcome luxury tourism travelers, and the behind-the-scenes work required to meet all of their needs.
It is aimed at people already working in the tourism sector or having completed their training in hospitality and tourism, or anyone wishing to invest in the world of luxury tourism.
According to Paula Vicente, Director of the Hotel and Tourism School of the Algarve, “the course has been developed with the participation of stakeholders who already work and manage businesses in this sector, which means that the course focuses on real needs of the sector “.
The course coordinator, Ângela Martins, added that the aim is to “prove that hospitality, luxury and comfort can coexist with a more proactive environmental awareness, creating unique, positive and memorable experiences”.
At the end of the course, students will receive a training certificate (Certificado de Formação) from the National Tourism Authority Turismo de Portugal.
The price is 250 €, each additional module costs 50 € each.
The course seems to have come at the right time. A new study by Condé Nast Johansens focusing on post-Covid luxury tourism travel habits has placed Portugal eighth on the list of the world’s most popular destinations.
The results were based on a survey of over 95,000 subscribers to the Condé Nast Johansens newsletter. The list led the United Kingdom, followed by Italy, Spain, France, Greece, the United States and the Caribbean Islands.
More information is available online (in Portuguese) at https://escolas.turismodeportugal.pt/curso/curso-executivo-de-turismo-de-luxo/