South West TAFE students to visit China

Passionate: South West TAFE travel and tourism diploma students Laura Chakir and Wendy Monk will travel to China for a study tour at a Shanghai hotel next month where they will learn about the country's culture.
Passionate: South West TAFE travel and tourism diploma students Laura Chakir and Wendy Monk will travel to China for a study tour at a Shanghai hotel next month where they will learn about the country's culture.

South West TAFE students will experience Chinese hospitality first hand as part of a 10-day study tour next month.  

Travel, tourism and events co-ordinator Katrina Barnes said it was a fantastic opportunity for the diploma of travel and tourism students, many of whom had never been overseas. 

Mrs Barnes said they would learn about cultural differences and the experience could help students gain employment working in Australia’s lucrative Chinese visitor market when they graduated.

The ten students will complete a work placement at the Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel where they will work in areas including reservations, concierge and help to set up for events and banquets.

Student Laura Chakir, 18, said she was very excited and the trip would be a great experience. “The Chinese are one of our most popular tourists. By working in a hotel we’ll know what their expectations are,” Laura said. 

The group will depart on October 30.