Houston Baptist University, Madrid & Barcelona, May 15 - May 22, 2016

Sun, May 15, 2016
6:35 PM - 6:40 PM

welcome to Spain!

day 1
British Airways,
FLT:462

arrive Madrid
meet ISP representative at the airport
transfer to hotel, check-in
Hotel TRYP ATOCHA 4*

8:30 PM

bus transfer

Calle de Atocha, 83
Madrid 28012
España
evening at leisure

Mon, May 16, 2016

business environment and cultural heritage

day 2

7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

breakfast

hotel

8:50 AM - 8:50 AM

meet in hotel conference room

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

orientation talk by ISP Program Manager & HBU faculty

Hotel TRYP
ATOCHA/Meeting
room "Santa Ana"

10:00 AM - 12:00
PM

presentation: from a model country to deep crisis and back?
ESIC
Dr. Mario Weitz
presentation, discussion

Hotel TRYP
ATOCHA/Meeting
room "Santa Ana"

12:00 PM - 2:00
PM

lunch on your own

dress code: business
casual

2:45 PM - 2:55 PM

meet the guide in front of the hotel and depart for the guided tour

3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

cultural event: guided tour of Madrid
this tour will take you to some of the most spectacular locations of the
city. Madrid offers travelers a unique modern infrastructure with a
historic feel and a wide variety of landmarks and sites known as some
of the world's best tourist attractions. The most notable landmarks
include the Royal Palace of Madrid, home to the Spanish Royal Family,
Buen Retiro Park, Villahermosa Palace and much more

bus/walk

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

flamenco welcome dinner
Corral de la Moreria
take a journey through different types of Flamenco; enjoy the original
choreography, get immersed in the live music, beauty, light and
strength this show has to offer

bus
transfer/Restaurant
Corral de la Moreria

9:30 PM - 10:00
PM
Tue, May 17, 2016
7:00 AM - 8:45 AM
morning

return to hotel

bus transfer

big picture

day 3

breakfast

hotel

visit: Spanish employment landscape: effects of the crisis and future

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projections
e.g. NH Hotel Group
management presentation, discussion
lunch on your own

afternoon

visit: Spain vs. US: comparing HR standards and policies
e.g. Korn Ferry
management presentation, case study, discussion
rest of the day at leisure
recommended activity: tour the Royal Palace, a luxurious, over-the-top
rococo palace with over 2.000 opulently gilded rooms

Wed, May 18, 2016

transfer to Barcelona

day 4

7:00 AM - 9:00 AM

breakfast, check-out

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

meet in the lobby, transfer to train station

10:30 AM - 1:15
PM

hotel
bus transfer/Madrid
Puerta de Atocha

train transfer to Barcelona (duration approx. 2hrs 30mins)
27 AVE tickets (high speed train Madrid – Barcelona)
snack on the train on your own

1:15 PM

1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

arrive Barcelona Sants Train Station
cultural event: guided tour of Barcelona
explore Plaza de Cataluña, Via Laietana, the Cathedral and its cloister,
the Gothic Quarter, Generalitat and Town Hall. Continue to the Villa
Olimpica and the Olympic harbor. Afterwards, ascend Montjüic
Mountain, which offers a panoramic view of the city.

bus/walk

transfer to hotel, check-in
Hotel CATALONIA DIAGONAL CENTRO 4*
5:30 PM

bus transfer

Balmes, 142-146
08008
Barcelona
rest of the day at leisure
recommended activity: enjoy the atmosphere of La Rambla - the most
famous street in Barcelona. This busy street is just for pedestrians and
is lined with outdoor markets, shops, restaurants, and cafes

Thu, May 19, 2016
7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

employer and employee perspective
breakfast

day 5
hotel

9:00 AM - 10:30
AM

presentation: HR role on curating the culture of an organization
Coperfield for Social Good
Mr. Ricard Ruiz de Querol, Partner Director
management presentation, discussion, tour of facilities

conference room Hotel Diagonal Centro

11:00 AM - 12:30
PM

presentation: challenges in employee retention and motivation
Polyglot Group
Mr. Jacques Reynaud, Managing Director Europe
management presentation, discussion

conference room Hotel Diagonal Centro

12:30 PM - 2:15

lunch on your own

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PM
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

meet in the lobby, depart for Montserrat excursion

3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

optional cultural event: trip to Montserrat
discover Montserrat, a mountain top monastery situated atop an
unusual rock mountain, very popular among Catalans

bus/walk - sts pay
individually

or

2:30 PM - 11:00
PM

free for sightseeing & shopping
recommended activity: admire the extravagant modern architecture at
Palau de la Música Catalana, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in
1997. This concert hall uses ornate materials and stained glass windows
resulting in a mesmerizing building
OR

Fri, May 20, 2016

from global to local

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

breakfast

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

meet in hotel lobby, depart for visit

day 6
hotel
dress code: business
casual

10:00 AM - 12:00
PM

visit: HR strategies of a multinational company adapted locally
DENSO Barcelona, S.A.
Mr Alfonso Menor, HR, Gral. Affairs & Information Systems General
Manager
management presentation, discussion, plant tour

12:00 PM - 1:30
PM

return to hotel, lunch on your own

3:00 PM

optional cultural event: visit to Sagrada Familia
discover Antonio Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, one of Barcelona's
most popular attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

bus half day

walk - sts pay
individually

or

3:00 PM - 11:00
PM

free to relax & explore the city
recommended activity: visit the Mercado Boqueria, Spain's most
famous public market, and enjoy some typical Spanish cuisine.
OR

Sat, May 21, 2016
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

day at leisure

day 7

breakfast

hotel

9:45 AM - 10:00
AM

meet in a lobby, depart for the trip

11:30 AM - 2:00
PM

cultural event: full day trip to Dali Museum at Figueras
located in the small town of Figueras, the Dalí Theatre-Museum is the
largest surrealistic object in the world. It occupies the building of the
former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was
destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided
to create his museum.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

dress code: casual

bus/walk

lunch on your own

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3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

meet the guide and depart for Girona

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

cultural event: guided tour of Girona
you will then continue to Girona, a beautiful city not to be missed
which, due to its perspective from the river, is considered the “Florence
of Spain”!

7:00 PM
7:30 PM - 7:45 PM
8:00 PM - 10:00
PM
10:00 PM
Sun, May 22, 2016
3:50 AM - 4:00 AM
3:50 AM

4:00 AM - 4:20 AM

6:20 AM

return to hotel

bus transfer

meet in the lobby, depart for farewell dinner
farewell group dinner in traditional Catalan restaurant
Restaurant CORNELIA & CO
return to hotel

walk
walk/Cornelia & Co
restaurant
walk

depart for USA

day 8

meet in the lobby, depart for the airport
breakfast boxes ready for take away at the reception

hotel
bus transfer - Airport
Barcelona El Prat ,
Terminal 1

transfer to airport

KLM Royal Dutch FLT:1662

depart for USA

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