Lisa Taurines, 2014 graduate, is currently doing a VIE in London for Nausicaá and is one of the finalists of the 2016 Women's Champions Tourism Trophy

Lisa Taurines, 26 years old, graduated from our Master’s programme in 2014, she chose the International Business Model Developper specialisation. We have just been informed that she is one of the three finalists of the 2016 Women's Champions Tourism Trophy. Currently doing a VIE (Volunteering for International Experience) in London for the Nausicaá (the National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer) were she is Promotion and Marketing Manager for the UK market, she still can not believe it!

« I'm a curious person and I am interested in everything related to tourism. I discovered this contest by chance. Initially, I did not think I will be qualified given the fact that I had just graduated. Despite this, I contacted them and as they liked my project, they allowed me to apply! That is how the adventure started », says Lisa. « The Women Association of Tourism was founded in 2005, on the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism. Composed of 120 business leaders and institutional leaders representing the entire tourism sector, it aims at promoting the sector, encouraging women's access to job positions with high responsibilities and to inform young people about the tourism sector. Each year it organizes this competition to reward responsible young women who have an innovative project. I am very happy to be one of the three finalists with my concept that has also been the subject of my research paper which is about the creation of a film tourism agency concept (organization of tourist trips around a film production). »

Nevertheless, Lisa keeps her feet on the ground. After several years living and working abroad in the framework of her courses at Montpellier BS (Cardiff, New York, New Zealand ...), she now develops Nausicaá, a unique, entertaining, pedagogical and scientific centre for the discovery of the marine environment, mainly focused on the relationship between Man and the Sea. She loves what she does since Nausicaá is one of the largest aquariums in Europe, with 36,000 animals, almost 60 aquariums and terrariums, 5000 m² of educational exhibition, 4.5 million litters of water and more than 600 000 visitors per year. « It is the second touristic attraction in northern France after the Asterix theme park! Developing the marketing of this product to schools’ tour operators in Britain and coordinating the digital communication campaigns for British visitors give me the opportunity to share how important it is to protect the marine environment. »

Montpellier Business School congratulates Lisa for her career, her generosity and her finalist position in the Women's Champions Tourism Trophy! It is on March the 8th of 2016 that we will know whether she will be the winner of this 2016 edition or not.