Genoa May 2015

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Dissemination: Genoa  May 2015

by David Sephton, Primrose Publishing Ltd

A dissemination session was carried out on 27th May 2015 hosted by the IPPSA catering school.  It was attended by participants from the hotel industry and by teachers and students from the school.  Over twenty people took part.

It began with a Powerpoint presentation outlining the scope and aims of the project and featuring the main materials that had already been developed by the partners.

The principal items shown were the 4 Front Desk computer software programs for the Village, Seaside, SkiResort and Restaurant, the 4 corresponding smartphone apps, already in six of the final twelve languages, and the 3 interactive digital-maps, showing the latest stage of development.

Clear explanations were given of the purposes of the items presented, and the unique advantages that hotel staff would gain from using them.

The presentation was followed by a demonstration of each of the items,

highlighting the features of main interest.

The presentation and demonstrations were greeted with real enthusiasm, and everyone was keen to try out the front Desk programs which had already been set up on 20 computers in the computer lab. Detailed help was then given individually to all those that needed it.

The reactions from very many was that they were really looking forward to the opportunity of having the Front Desk programs on their own laptop because they could at once see what a useful tool it was. They were sure that the apps would be equally valuable.

The school’s headteacher expressed himself not only well-pleased with the event, but showed great interest in the products that were on view.

Those with an Android smartphone or tablet were encouraged to give their email address so that the four apps could be transmitted direct to their device – as this had proved to be the quickest and simplest way to get the apps into the hands of the user.

Further contact was made the following day with one of the participants when valuable follow-up points were discussed, both in the hotel in question and in the nearby, highly-popular cook-shop that forms part of the sea-front hotel’s vibrant activity.

A series of photos were taken during the event.