SOURCE: Hyatt Hotels Corporation

May 06, 2005 13:07 ET

Local Students Receive "Real World" Experience at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Fifth Graders Attend Fourteenth Annual Camp Hyatt Career Day

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 6, 2005 -- Currently, one in every 12 jobs in the global marketplace falls into the travel and tourism category, according to World Travel & Tourism Council 2005 economic research. Since the industry has become part of the fabric of everyday life around the globe, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts is reaching out to local fifth graders in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean to provide them with a behind the scenes look at what goes into operating a hotel. Today, and throughout the month of May, fifth grade students will take to Hyatts for Camp Hyatt Career Day, an event that highlights job opportunities within the travel and tourism industry. They will join more than 2,000 fifth graders who will "work" at Hyatt Hotels. From shadowing the general manager and director of food and beverage to learning the ropes from the head concierge and executive housekeeper, every aspect of the hotel is included in this unique experience.

Approximately 30,000 fifth graders have participated in Camp Hyatt Career Day since it began fourteen years ago. Considering the industry's direct economic impact of more than $1 trillion worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation recognizes the importance of making this opportunity possible.

The fifth graders' workday begins with a tour and uniform distribution; then, students will join their Hyatt partner to begin "working." Work shifts will conclude with a lunch in the hotel's employee cafeteria and a recap session with the general manager and other hotel executives. The student "general manager" will lead the discussion with assistance from the hotel general manger.

But the fun does not start and end with this special trip to a Hyatt hotel for Camp Hyatt Career Day. Participating schools design classroom curriculum to enhance the learning. To help fifth graders prepare for Camp Hyatt Career Day and for future jobs in the travel industry, some students will complete "job applications" for desired hotel positions, participate in advance "interviews" with teachers or hotel personnel and do homework assignments on hotel operations. After Camp Hyatt Career Day, students may write essays on what they learned and how their career goals may have changed, report on their day for the school newspaper and correspond with their Hyatt partner employees.

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