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Guarda receives first School of Hospitality and Tourism

Hotel tourism school development in Guarda Portugal

Turismo de Portugal signed today with the City Guarda, in the presence of the Secretary of State for Tourism, Bernardo Trindade, the deed of sale of the building of the Hotel Turismo, thereby fulfilling the first step in their conversion to the new School of Hospitality and Tourism of the city.

The first School of Tourism of Portugal in the districts of Guarda and Viseu reinforces the training needs of the tourism sector in this region, contributing to the creation of qualified jobs and to improve services in line with the objectives of the National Strategic Plan Tourism.

Scheduled to open in 2013, the new development represents an investment of 12 million.

By specializing in those areas, the school enhances the proximity to the tourist resources of the region – and half dozen spas, more than 200 establishments Manor, Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela and its ski resort and Villages Network historical – as well as meets the needs of tourist differentiators, planned and existing.

This educational establishment, with capacity for 200 to 250 students, also extends its educational offering to the field of Tourism and Cultural Landscape, with a hotel application, implementing a restaurant, an auditorium and a cafeteria for students.

This project will be developed in collaboration with the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, which already has expertise in higher education in the areas of Tourism Management and Health and is also a partner in this training initiative.

Adding the initial training of young people – technological specialization courses and a real work environment – will develop training for professionals in the asset and the recognition and certification of skills (through the New Opportunities Centre) for integration and reintegration into active life.

The School of the Guard will be installed at the Hotel Turismo, building of 40 years, with a vocation and history tour – designed by Vasco Regaleira and pending classification – located in the downtown area – It will be distributed over five floors in an area more than eight million square feet.

This conversion is part of the strategy of Tourism of Portugal to install some of their establishments in public areas in cities, buildings restored and architecturally striking, honoring the training activities. This is the case of resettlement of Schools of Lisbon and Porto and the current construction of the new school in Setubal.

Turismo de Portugal manages a network of 16 Schools of Hospitality and Tourism throughout the country, attended annually by more than 3 000 students. In recent years, the network has undergone substantial modernization, with the creation of new schools such as Portland and Caldas da Rainha and resettlement of Lisbon and Porto.

This and other notes to the media are available for consultation on the Tourism Website of Portugal – www.turismodeportugal.pt – the “Press”.

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