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March 2010

Hats off to future tourism leaders

Hats off to future tourism leaders

“World-class professionals ready to hit the ground running” is how Queenstown Resort College CEO Charlie Phillips describes students graduating this week from the award-winning education institution.

 After two years of study in Queenstown, renowned as New Zealand’s premier tourist resort and the adventure capital of the world, 49 students - 14 Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management students and 35 Diploma of Hospitality Management students - officially graduated on Friday 19th  March 2010.  The ceremony took place at Queenstown’s Heritage Hotel.

Following the graduation ceremony, the students attended a function at QRC Lodge, the College’s new Halls of Residence.

David Kennedy, General Manager of Ngai Tahu Tourism Southern Region and ex-Destination Queenstown CEO, was the official guest of honour, presenting each student with their diploma and giving the official Graduation Address.

Mr Kennedy says he feels privileged to be asked to impart some words of wisdom to New Zealand’s next generation of tourism and hospitality leaders.

“Tourism is the biggest and fastest growing industry in the world and qualifications are becoming crucial in order to get ahead.  Queenstown is internationally renowned for its wealth of tourism and hospitality infrastructure and QRC works closely with the industry to provide students ready to move straight into the workplace.

“We’ve had several of QRC’s Adventure Tourism Diploma students work for us at Shotover Jet and Dart River Jet Safaris and we’ve been really impressed with their high standard of professionalism, commitment and understanding of the tourism business.

“As they go out into the world as fully fledged alumni following their chosen career paths, they’ll have the full support of Queenstown’s tourism and hospitality operators and I have no doubt they’ll be outstanding ambassadors both for QRC and for Queenstown.”

QRC CEO Charlie Phillips is delighted with the calibre of the graduating students.

“After getting to know these students I feel confident in saying that New Zealand’s future in the adventure tourism and hospitality industries looks extremely bright with the wealth of very talented and motivated young people going out into the work force,” he says.

“They’re world class professionals ready to hit the ground running and I think they’ll really make a difference to our industry both here and overseas.”

Mr Phillips says the college and its courses are continuing to evolve in response to industry needs.

“As part of our partnership with NZSki, we’ve just launched the first Snowsports Business Management course in the Southern Hemisphere.  We now offer New Zealand’s only Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management specialising in snowsports management,  aimed at producing graduates who are not only passionate about the industry but who have strong business skills.  As part of their diploma, students are guaranteed a work placement at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables or Mt Hutt for a winter season.”

The more generalised two-year Adventure Tourism Management diploma is also the only one of its kind in New Zealand.  It develops successful future adventure tourism managers by blending business management and leadership skills with practical work experience and adventure education.  As part of their diploma, every student receives six months of fully paid industry training with an adventure tourism business. Graduates can continue on to a Bachelor Degree at Thompson Rivers University in Canada.

Hospitality students also spend six to nine months working fully paid within the industry in Queenstown or around New Zealand.  QRC delivers the Diploma of Hospitality Management in partnership with the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS) and César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland. This international hotel management qualification opens the doors to higher study and exciting careers throughout the world.

  • Posted By: QRC on Tue, 23rd Mar 2010 @ 00:00:00

Leading NZ college launches first snowsports business management course in Southern Hemisphere

Leading education institution Queenstown Resort College has launched the first Snowsports Business Management course in the Southern Hemisphere.

 The award-winning college is now offering New Zealand’s only Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management specialising in snowsports management, aimed at producing graduates who are not only passionate about the industry but who have strong business skills.

 Graduates of the two-year course will have a solid understanding of the day-to-day operations and seasonality of a ski resort and will be equipped with the skills and qualifications to progress in career pathways in a competitive, challenging and exciting global industry.

 QRC CEO Charlie Phillips said the diploma was being offered in partnership with NZSki Ltd, the company that operates Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt ski areas.

 “It’s a great partnership because as part of this tertiary qualification, they’ll be offering guaranteed winter seasonal placements to students who successfully apply for the course, “he said.

 “NZSki has identified that it needs to employ skilled and trained middle to senior managers, and by partnering with us on this course they’ll hopefully end up with students who are their future leaders.”

 Mr Phillips said QRC had been working towards offering this diploma specialization for the past two years.

 The first students will start this winter, doing their internship with NZSki from June before heading into campus-based learning. Further intakes will be taken on in October 2010 and January 2011 and each student will complete 900 hours of placement with NZSki, over two seasonal placements.

 NZSki Ltd CEO James Coddington said the company was proud to be working with QRC.

 “We take the responsibility of professional development very seriously and have created a programme that will create an environment of fun, accomplishment and personal growth,” he said.

 “We’re looking for employees who are passionate about the snowsports industry and who are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and demonstrating inspiring leadership throughout their career.”

 Mr Phillips said the course was expected to attract students from around New Zealand, Australia and further afield.

 “We’ll take up to 24 students on any one intake and as I know of only one other similar course in the world, we’re anticipating strong demand.

 “Not only are there the value-added benefits of free ski passes and uniforms to students on this course, but they’ll be able to apply for work and travel visas as QRC students that will enable them to apply for seasonal employment at North American ski resorts when they’ve finished their diploma.

 “If they want to take their learning further, they can take their diploma to degree level thanks to QRC’s partnerships with the International College of Management in Sydney or Thompson Rivers University in Canada.”

  • Posted By: QRC on Tue, 2nd Mar 2010 @ 00:00:00