On Saturday 12th March 34 Business Studies students and teachers set off from Portlaoise College on a Business Studies trip to the Spanish capital of Madrid departing at 2:45am in the morning and flying with Aerlingus to arrive to the sunshine of Madrid at 10am
After checking into their hotel, students were brought on a site-seeing tour of Madrid taking in the Plaza Mayor, Basílica de San Francisco el Grande and the Royal Palace.
The group then visited the home of Real Madrid – the Santiago Bernabeu – where they examined their customer service and seen first-hand how important it is that their customers have a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
On Sunday 13th March we took a cable car to the Parc des Attractiones in Madrid, one of the largest theme parks in Spain. We spent the best part of the day there, enjoying all of the rides and the mild sunshine. There was a large array of rides, ranging from mild water rides to the more thrill seeking rollercoasters. Prior to going to the park students completed a case study examining how the theme park is marketed in Spain and all over the world.
The next day students visited was the Central Bank of Madrid were we learned about Interest rates and we then moved onto the Spanish Stock Exchange. Before getting the bus back to the airport we took in other sites such as the Parque del Retiro, the Prado Museum and the Palacio Cristal