Maria Cruz is 21 years old and was born in Lisbon. She lives in Faro since the age of 5, with her family, where she came to learn about her passion for Hospitality. She dreams of having her own hotel, from a very early stage.
At age of 18 she joins the Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo do Estoril (ESHTE), where she graduated in Hotel Management.
Her first real work experience in Hospitality was at Hotel Eva in Faro, where she had two internships. In the summer of 2014 she had her first job as a restaurant hostess at Monte da Quinta Resort. In 2015 she was a trainee at the Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa, in the F&B department for three months. In 2016 she was a trainee at the Tryp Lisbon Airport Hotel in the Rooms Division.
During her academic year of 2015/2016 she was invited to teach at ESHTE as an assistant for the F&B classes and to collaborate in the F&B school department.
Having won the 2nd place at the Portugal`s Future Hoteliers Summit in 2015 she will join the Rooms Division staff of Hotel Penha Longa Resort, in Sintra, starting January 2017.
Maria is now active on the voluntary front, for national and international services, and also enjoying her free time by playing sports on a daily basis.