The students enjoyed a few hours of sightseeing followed by an incredibly open and informative tour at the Rosewood – Hotel de Crillon, which was made possible by a contact of Professor Legrand. Cedric Waterkeyn, Guest Relation Director, Olivier Cambournac, Head Concierge and Alexi Argyris, Head Butler offered them an insight into the unique and historic hotel. All of the student’s questions were answered, and the overall atmosphere was humorous and enjoyable. Cedric Waterkeyn, Guest Relation Director gave up on his day off. Some students also informed themselves about possible work (management-trainee) opportunities at the hotel and were able to get some first-class contacts through this visit. Anne-Sophie Dréan, Directrice Formation et Gestion des Talents at the Hotel de Crillon, went out and beyond in making sure the group had a pleasant time at the hotel. Especially the date, as the anniversary of the ending of the WW1 with several delegations and heads of states staying in Paris’ most luxurious properties made the organisation and the trip slightly more complicated but also a lot more interesting.
The first day in Paris ended with a river cruise along the Seine, recommended by Mr. Sloan who, along with Hospitality Professors Delgado-Krebs and Wilson-Wünsch joined the trip. There the students had the possibility to have interesting discussions with the professors in a more relaxed setting.
Sunday morning started of with a common breakfast with the professors, who also stayed at the same hotel. Through IUBH’s strong industry contacts, the organising team managed to give everyone the opportunity at an Accor Hotel property. Fabrice Tessier, VP School Relations and Partnerships, at Accor as well as Eric Jego, Overflows & Leisure groups booking Manager took care of the rather big group of students and professors in a very approachable and professional manner.
After the breakfast the whole group went to the Equip’Hotel, a trade fair for hospitality suppliers. The fair visit was especially interesting for the third semester students, who used the opportunity to talk to industry professionals regarding a Restaurant design project in their “Restaurant Management” course with Mr. Sloan.
After the fair visit the Hospitality Management students enjoyed the rest of their time in Paris and finally went back to Bad Honnef Sunday night. The field trip proofed to be a success and left many with the desire to one day come back to Paris, whether professionally or in their leisure time.