Behind the Scenes

Satellite Center students get a closer look at Louisiana’s tourism, hospitality industry

Heather R. Breaux
February 04, 2009 at 12:35 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

STUDENT TOURISTS. High schoolers from the Satellite Center’s “Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism” pathway got a behind-the-scenes look at Louisiana’s hospitality industry.
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STUDENT TOURISTS. High schoolers from the Satellite Center’s “Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism” pathway got a behind-the-scenes look at Louisiana’s hospitality industry.
Team members from the “Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism” pathway at the Satellite Center in Luling met with Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu while attending the 2009 Louisiana Travel and Tourism Summit.

Students participated in networking events and breakout sessions which zeroed in on the ins and outs of the state’s tourism industry.

“The summit was amazing and provided my class with wonderful opportunities,” said HRT student Courtney Jones. “Everything was very exciting, from hearing Mitch Landrieu speak about the state of Louisiana’s travel industry to the great luncheon and networking opportunities.”

Paragon Casino and Resorts hosted the event, providing a behind-the-scenes tour for the students that focused on business operations.

“I liked the Paragon Casino and Resorts’ motto - ‘always exceed your guest’s expectations 100 percent of the time,’” commented Shondell Lockett.

The tour’s focus provided an inside look at resort operations, highlighted with management information on employee recruiting and training.

“This was a learning experience that I will never forget,” said LaDaisha Smith. “It opened my eyes to many things and showed me what my Louisiana faces everyday. I know I am the future and can promote change.”

. The Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel Restaurant and Tourism at the University of New Orleans arranged for the registration of the HRT team members to attend the summit and the overnight accommodations at the Paragon were provided by the River Parish Tourist Commission.

“It is important for us to cultivate a relationship with the future tourism leaders of the River Parishes,” said Jay Tusa, the Executive Director of the RPTC.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for these Satellite Center team members to participate in this wonderful experience and to understand all of the forces that affect the state of tourism in the river parishes.”

GROUP EFFORT. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu spoke to the kids about the state of Louisiana’s travel industry and other aspects of the hotel industry.
       



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