José María Caballé, Honorary Doctor in Business Administration from The Constantinian University
The businessman José María Caballé, Chairman of Hoteles Servigroup, has been made Honorary Doctor in Business Administration by The Constantinian University in Rhode Island (USA).
During the emotional and solemn presentation ceremony, which took place in Rome on 8 December 2015, José María Caballé received this title from the University Rector, Dr. Nazzareno Robert Calicchia and the Secretary, Dr. James S. Basinger. An Honorary Doctorate is an honorary title awarded by universities to people with outstanding careers in certain fields. It confers the same rights and privileges as an academic doctorate obtained through study.
The ancient and illustrious university is an honorary institution that takes its name from Emperor Constantine the Great (the first Christian emperor of Rome), who founded a school on Palatine Hill in Rome in 330 AD, giving rise to the current Constantine University that is nowadays based in Rhode Island (USA).
A few days earlier, on 24 November 2015, the University of Alicante also presented José María Caballé with an award for his business career. With a Degree in Business Administration and Tourism Studies, José María Caballé began his career in the world of tourism at the age of 18 under the wing of his uncle, who ran a hotel in Calella combining it with his studies in Trade and Tourism. A little time later he became one of the youngest multilingual managers in Spain at a 3-star hotel in Lloret de Mar. In 1970, he relocated to Benidorm to set up what was to become his empire of 17 hotels.
He has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his professional from both Spain and further afield: the Gold Medal from AICO; the Promotion and Development Award from the Alicante Chamber of Commerce; the “Importance” Award from Diario Información; the Silver Medal from the National Hospitality and Tourism Syndicate; the Honorary Jeturbe Award from Benidorm; the Silver Hosbec Insignia; the Alicante Tourism Journalists and Writers Association Award; the Golden Indalo from Mojácar Town Council, the town where two of his hotels are located; the Benidorm City Council Award; and Knight Commander and Illustrious Son of the City of Manizales (Colombia) from Manizales City Council, where he owns another hotel; as well as many other awards given to the business group he runs.
His vast experience as leader of his hotel group and an extensive collection of awards received from both the tour operators he has worked with over the years and public bodies and entities underpin his success in the sector.