New research published in Heliyon. Heliyon is an open access journal ranked in the highest quartile by Scopus and SCIE by Web of Science.
The full article can be accessed here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e12547. Research synopsis: In-house training programs were launched by the faculty to offer students an alternative to their regular internships during the coronavirus pandemic. The study is designed to investigate how university students in tourism and hospitality education perceive the usefulness of their in-house training in absence of industry placements. An exploratory methodological approach was adopted by conducting 25 semi-structured interviews to understand their experiences during the in-house training. The empirical findings revealed that the in-house program, in its current state, is not to be considered a permanent alternative for tourism and hospitality undergraduate students. The article concludes by presenting implications for educators, policymakers, and education researchers derived from the academic and practical discussions based on the findings.