Nease’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism Business Partners provide field trip opportunities

Thanks to dedicated business partners, Nease’s Academy of Hospitality & Tourism students enjoyed two great field trips in the third quarter. On February 16th, students traveled to the Sawgrass Marriott Resort.  The students were welcomed to the updated facility by participating in a scavenger hunt, which highlighted the new resort features.  Then, they enjoyed a working lunch, catered by the Sawgrass Marriott, while learning about the different department heads of the resort. Finally, the students were broken up into teams, and assigned to work on solving scenarios commonly faced by hotels.  Many thanks to our Sawgrass Marriott Advisory Board partners Michelle Criswell and Stefanie Harrison for organizing this awesome trip!  On February 28th, students met with the Executive Director of Colonial Quarter and the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, Cindy Stavely, to learn about what goes into running a successful tourist attraction.  Students had the chance to enjoy both attractions by getting a first-hand look from the tourist’s perspective, and then learned about the administrative and business side in directing both locations.  We thank Ms. Stavely for taking so much time to organize this multi-stop field trip!