The Maritime Hotel Academy was established 1989 in Salzburg, Austria by Jurgen Scharkosi. The MHA is recognised as the first open Hotel Academy for employees of cruise lines and was the first to develop cruise specific training programmes.

Cunard Line was the first customer and sent students under the guidance of Kenneth Bellander. Up to this date, more than 11,000 employees passed through training courses at the Academy in Salzburg, the subsidiaries in St Petersburg, Russia and Wuhan, China, as well as numerous training courses held onboard cruise ships.

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