Tourism students from Dunedin’s Otago Polytechnic will gain first-hand insights into the business events sector of the industry this week, with 20 students being hosted by Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (at its annual conference in Dunedin from 24 to 26 October.
Helen Geytenbeek, Tourism/Hospitality lecturer at the College of Enterprise and Development at Otago Polytechnic NZ says the event creates valuable links for them between theory and practice.
The 20 students are qualifying for the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) at Otago Polytechnic. One full year of study contributes to the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Management.
Their ‘Tourism in Action’ paper includes learning to design and develop a business concept, and to analyse and critique the application of processes in tourism business ventures.
‘We are focusing on the MICE industry in this paper, to expose them to the business-based side of the tourism industry. They will put together a business plan, organise and participate in an event, volunteer in a conference, event or festival, and critique the experiences.”
More than 140 CINZ members including owners and managers of key venues, catering companies, accommodation providers, activity operators and regional convention bureaux will be meeting at the Dunedin Centre and Town Hall on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 October.
Registrations can be made online at the CINZ 41st Annual Conference website.