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Inés Valenzuela, Peru

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Hi, I'm Inés from Lima, Peru. I studied a Master of International Hotel and Tourism Management at The University of Queensland. I was also a Brisbane International Student Ambassador.
Hi, my name is Inés Valenzuela and I studied the Master of Hotel Management at UQ.

Why did you decide to study in Australia and specifically at UQ?

I decided to come to Australia because some of the best programs in tourism were offered here and also because the country as a destination appealed to me, particularly its natural assets. And, within my options of master programs, the one at UQ combined the business components with research and a focus on sustainability in tourism. Given that my aim is to go back to my home country and develop tourism sustainably there, this program seemed well suited.

In addition, initial contact and follow-up at UQ were by far the best compared to other universities I had been in contact. The program had courses that I was very interested in as well. 

What did you like most about your program?

I enjoyed the most being in contact with world-class lecturers, who also do research and have lots of industry experience. They were all very approachable and I could go see them anytime to discuss about topics I was most interested in.

I did a 6-week summer internship at Tourism Fraser Coast, thanks to a scholarship from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

What are your career goals and how do you think UQ helped you to achieve these goals?

My career goals are to strategically plan tourism development in my country. UQ has given me the tools to have a broad understanding of the tourism industry and has also given me access to a high amount of information to assist me in identifying key issues and successful development practices.

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