Dallas, USA – Tourism and hospitality students of Duoc UC in Chile now have the opportunity to learn about technology that can support their future careers running a hotel, thanks to the college’s partnership with the global hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder.
As part of their education, the group of third-year students recently learnt from SiteMinder about the various technologies available to run a hotel business more efficiently – and Duoc UC’s professor says the course is likely to run again later this year.
“Working with SiteMinder has helped us to better understand not only the importance of technology for the hotel sector, but also the need for companies like SiteMinder, which are willing to teach and collaborate with future hoteliers. The world of hotel management, bookings and distribution is becoming increasingly complex and it is our responsibility to ensure that our students receive the best and most practical education to help them prepare for the future. The initiative has been a resounding success and it is something we would like to repeat as part of the 2018 curriculum,” says Professor Miguel Weinstein at Duoc UC.
According to Professor Weinstein, a key learning for the students was the positive impact technology can have in ‘globalising’ a hotel and how it can contribute to attracting the multitude of tourists that travel the world.
SiteMinder’s director – LATAM, Rubí Pérez, says, “There are endless ways to innovate, to change things, to revolutionise any concept or industry. At SiteMinder, we want to be part of the technological disruption that we see taking place in Chile, and spend time with those who will be running the country’s – and, likely, the South American region’s – hotels in the not-too-distant future. We are proud to have partnered with Duoc DC to provide the college’s students with the knowledge they need of tools to help succeed and be competitive in their careers.”
SiteMinder has established a solid footprint in Chile since formally entering the market in 2017. Last May, SiteMinder announced it had secured RQ Grupo Hotelero – a leading provider of apartments and suites in the main financial districts of Santiago – as its 26,000th hotel customer, and the company has since partnered with the Latin American region’s largest online travel agencies, including Despegar, Best Day and PriceTravel.