Guest Service Gold Tourism

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Guest Service Tourism Gold

This course prepares current and future guest service professionals to become an American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP ®).

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What You Will Learn

• Learning to recover from service failures and rebuild/strengthen guest relationships

• Identifying approaches to individualized guest experiences

• Understanding the importance of knowing the services your organization offers

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Course Information


Per Person: TBA
Includes the Certified Guest Service Professional
(CGSP ®) exam and credential.


Date: TBA



Course Details

• Utilizing your passion to improve guest experiences and team morale

• Leveraging commitment to improve guest service and team mindset

• Identify approaches to promote inclusion and ensure guests feel welcomed

• Utilizing your personality to improve the guest experience and differentiate yourself


Guest Service GOLD focuses on the seven key elements required to consistently deliver the highest level of guest service on an ongoing basis. In this highly interactive and hands-on course, participants will work in small group sessions and watch real-world training videos with multiple scenarios. Participants will walk away with an actionable guest service plan to take back to their establishment for immediate implementation.

The seven topics covered in this certification program are:

Recovery: Learn how to recover from service failures and create a positive outcome that rebuilds and strengthens relationships with their guests.

Personalization: Identify approaches to create an individualized experience for your diverse guest base.

Knowledge: Capitalize on the knowledge of your services to ensure guest inquiries and information requests are answered.

Passion: Use your passion for the guest service industry in your work to improve guest experiences and team morale.

Commitment: Leverage your commitment to guest service to improve guest experiences and your team’s mindset towards providing high-quality guest service.

Inclusion: Identify approaches to establishing an inclusive environment that ensures all guests feel welcome in your establishment.

Personality: Let your personality shine in an authentic manner by being personable and showing the human aspect of your team to your guests.

Course Itinerary:

9:00 AM – Introductions & Course Overview

9:15 AM – Guest Service Gold Topics: Recovery, Personalization, Knowledge, Passion, Commitment, Inclusion & Personality

12:00 PM – Break for Lunch

1:00 PM – Guest Service Simulation Exercises

4:00 PM – Certificates of Completion & Course Conclusion


Hone your adaptability and problem-solving skills with a state of the art, mixed reality simulation module that puts you in front of a 'living customer service avatar' while facing a real-world issue in the hospitality industry. This component of the course will allow you to immediately implement the powerful skills you have just learned in the Guest Service Gold course and put them into practice using your special brand of hospitality. This 'safe zone' approach will allow you to make mistakes and learn through individualized feedback as we wrap up the class.


6 hours


Hotels, parks, entertainment companies, hospitals, and other organizations and professionals seeking to improve guest experiences, increase guest loyalty, and build best practices in guest service.


Willingness to be an engaged learner.


Mike Flores

Mike Flores is an experienced guest service and tourism professional with an undergraduate in Political Science and a Master’s in Business Administration from UTRGV. After serving in the military for eight years, Mr. Flores received an honorable discharge and returned to the Rio Grande Valley to begin his career in tourism. Since his departure from the military, he has had the opportunity to work in high-traffic tourism destinations such as the City of South Padre Island Convention and Visitor Bureau. In his career, Mr. Flores has acquired a wealth of experience in convention sales, sporting and special events, destination marketing, international tourism, business development, and tourism analytics. He currently specializes in group business convention services and marketing analytics. Mike is thrilled to be partnering with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) to certify guest service professionals and provide best practices to individuals & organizations seeking to improve their guests’ experiences.


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UTRGV Continuing Education

McAllen Teaching Site:
1800 S. Main Street
Suite 1100 McAllen, TX 78503


Phone: (956) 665-2071


Brownsville Campus:
One West University Boulevard, BMAIN 1.210K
Brownsville, Texas 78520


Phone: (956) 882-7711