AUT students in Hong Kong... Siobhan Bishop, Cassy Devadas, Rebecca Evans, Ashley McCullough, Veus Alviola AUT students in Hong Kong... Siobhan Bishop, Cassy Devadas, Rebecca Evans, Ashley McCullough, Veus Alviola

Tourism, travel students experience Hong Kong

Eighteen students from Auckland University of Technology (AUT), travelled to Hong Kong recently, as part of the cultural exchange programme, Embrace the World.

 

Students studying tourism, hospitality, event management and culinary arts spent a week in Hong Kong putting the theory they had learnt into practice. AUT programme leader for the Bachelor of International Tourism Management, Helen Andreassen said students who participated in the trip left their degree with a deeper understanding of the hospitality and tourism industry.

 

‘Now in its second year, the tour allows students to fully immerse themselves as tourists in Hong Kong – experiencing the culture and hospitality. We find that it is also a valuable opportunity to reflect on what they have learnt in their studies and see what makes a great tourist and hospitality experience,’ Ms Andreassen said. ‘We were finding that a lot of students were graduating without really knowing the reality of what it is like in their chosen field until they were in the job and then it was much harder to move and try new things. Students who participate in this tour graduate with a more defined idea of their areas of interest, which ultimately benefits any future employers.’

 

Sponsored by Hong Kong Airlines and the Hong Kong Tourism Board, itinerary highlights included a tour of Lantau Island, including the Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery; and a visit to Hong Kong Polytechnic University. www.authk.wordpress.com

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