No One Does Hospitality Like Miami

Segment #6 from Florida International University


Okay everyone, now let’s head on back to Biscayne Bay campus and meet Tanith. She is a bit of a social media star, sharing on TikTok what life as a hospitality student is like. She’s had some unique experiences volunteering at the star studded South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and taking a class with the king of hospitality himself, David Grutman. You are on.

First of all, thank you Alex for your introduction. Hi everyone, welcome to the chaplain school of hospitality and tourism management on our beautiful Biscayne Bay campus. I’m a graduate student in the hospitality management program. I was raised in Berlin, Germany and moved to the US a few months back. Back home in Germany, I got my bachelor’s degree in international tourism and event management. I was born into a hotel family, so I always knew I wanted to work in the hospitality industry. I came to FIU because it is one of the best schools for hospitality in the US and I always loved South Florida. One of the coolest things I’ve participated in at FIU is the David Grutman experience class. Grutman is one of the leading hospitality entrepreneurs in Miami owning several hotels, restaurants, and clubs. Last year, he joined the chaplain school as our real life experience professor. In our class he had celebrities like David Beckham and Pharrell Williams, who gave us a peek behind the scenes of their own hospitality stories. It’s not just the classes that are different here at the chaplain school. Every year the school and more than 1,200 students help run the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, one of the biggest and most prestigious wine and food festivals in the world. It gives us students a unique chance to gain real life experience, working for this mega festival. To date the festival has raised more than $31.8 million for our chaplain school. This year, I work at the registration counter for three days. It was a great adventure and a huge chance to be part of such a mega scale event. Did I mention FIU also offers an online master’s degree in mega event planning and execution? The Miami boat show Olympic games are Bazell, Coachella. The sheer scale of these mega events can create engineering and logistical nightmares. FIU was one of the few places in the world that train students to make these events go off without a hitch. Thank you for letting me share my story with you. What comes back next is Alex.

What an interesting industry with so many logistics to plan and execute, without even graduating you and your fellow Panthers are already helping Miami maintain this place as the top of the tourism and entertainment industry. Thank you Tanith for sharing your experience with all of us, take care of.

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