Mrs Samantha Birdsell

Lecturer in Tourism, Events and International Hotel Management programmes.

Swansea

Tel: 01792481025
E-mail: samantha.birdsell@uwtsd.ac.uk

Samantha Birdsell

Lecturer in Tourism, Events and International Hotel Management programmes.

Prior to joining the team at UWTSD School of Tourism and Hospitality, I lived in America and enjoyed a successful 20 year hotel career working for both Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International. I grew up in Wales and following my graduation from Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies with a BA (Hons) in Tourism Business Management, I pursued a hotel career in Scotland before moving to America.

I have enjoyed a progressive career within the 2 major International brands and I have worked in various management positions in both front and back of house. Within the Marriott chain I was General Manager for a large resort property next to SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas and I have also fulfilled the role of Regional Vice President, overseeing the operation of 15 properties within the Marriott, Hilton and Intercontinental Hotel Group for Island Hospitality.

My relocation home to Wales has allowed me to pursue my passion for teaching and I am thrilled to utilize my skills from the Industry and deliver them into the lecture room, to educate and inspire the students with professional practice. The International Hotel Management program is an innovative and exciting degree program and I collaborate with both the students and the Marriott Hotels during their practical placements. As a former Industry professional I am very impressed with  the cutting edge International Hotel Management degree programme which brings both academic and practical experience for the students, including exciting field trips to further experience and inspire them to be graduates with strong and successful careers.