The XXV Chapter of the Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Honor Society endowed ten Les Roches Marbella students from ten different countries with their induction into the prestigious worldwide group. Chosen based on their outstanding academic merits, ethical standards, and professional stewardship, the ten students of the BBA in International Hotel Management were honored with a ceremony and cocktail party that included their mentors, faculty, friends.
Omar AL Shahadat, Pier Andrea Giusto (Italy), Idza Wairimu Kashero (Kenya), João Pedro Reis Fernandes Caseiro Catarino, (Portugal) Sofia Kiguel (Argentina), Valentina Kraynova (Russia), Natalya Kuzhel (Kazakstan), Viktor Nyitray (Czech Republic), Anna Poljanskihh (Estonia), and Lucie Alice Rose Janicot (France) were inducted by the Les Roches Marbella Chapter’s president, Mr. Hassan Djeebet together with Mr. Eduardo Seisdedos, Director of Marketing of Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Mr. Jorge Manzur, General Manager of Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa was introduced as this semester’s honorary member due to his admirable professional achievements, passion for hospitality, and dedication to helping young professionals grow in the hotel industry.
Omar AL Shahadat presided over the ceremony and his colleague, João Pedro Reis Fernandes Caseiro Catarino gave a passionate and heartfelt commencement speech to his fellow inductees. Following the event guests enjoyed a cocktail party organized by first and second year students and with live music provided by the Les Roches Marbella student band.
Eta Sigma Delta provides an opportunity for outstanding students to distinguish themselves in the eyes of educators, recruiters and industry executives in an increasingly competitive industry. In 1978, a group of students from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics (now The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics) identified a need to recognize hospitality and tourism students for outstanding academic achievement, meritorious service and demonstrated professionalism. At that time, honor societies existed for other disciplines, but not for the field of study serving one of the world’s largest industries.
As a special project, the students researched and evaluated a variety of options for fulfilling this need. The end result was the establishment of the first chapter of Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society. Today, there are over 90 active Eta Sigma Delta chapters throughout the world. The growth is testament to the dedication of both students and professionals in hospitality and tourism to the pursuit of academic, professional and personal excellence.The guidance and support of International CHRIE has made it possible for ESD to grow. It is the intent that this Society will lead hospitality and tourism educators and professionals to the highest levels of professionalism and achievement.