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The waters rich in minerals found in the city of São Pedro in the beginning of last century are the main reasons for opening the Grande Hotel São Pedro. Even the fact that the city virtually did not exist at that time did not prevent the endeavor from growing, almost as if it had free will, and domineered its surroundings.
In 1968, with the creation of the Fumest – Fomento de Urbanização e Melhoria das Estâncias (Incentive to Urbanization and Improvement of Resorts) – by the Government of the State of São Paulo, there was the opportunity of installing a hostelling school in Águas de São Pedro. The rebirth of a major enterprise came from it.
On the following year, a Lease Agreement with 30 years of duration was established. It stated that Senac would assume the administration of the Grande Hotel São Pedro.
With the Senac administration, the Grande Hotel São Pedro returned to its glory days. Renovations to the facilities and in the entire infrastructure of the hotel refreshed it, and the Center for Development and Qualification in Tourism and Hostelling was created. The first courses launched were for waiter-bartender, doorman-receptionist and cooker.
The evolution of the education established in those walls traveled around the world, and the Grande Hotel São Pedro became an international reference in quality on professionalizing education. With the condition that the hotel would remain a teaching hotel, the State Government made the definitive donation to Senac São Paulo in 1986.
The hostelling complex Grande Hotel São Pedro has hosted, since then, the University Center Senac – Campus Águas de São Pedro, which brings to each of its students the enriching experience of living the everyday of a big hotel.
The history of the Grande Hotel São Pedro reaffirms its initial call: being a center for development and qualification in Tourism and Hostelling.