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Fri, 2nd Feb 2018

QRC bids farewell to Class of 2016

Queenstown Resort College bid farewell to the 2016 class of graduates on Friday, sending 120 new Hospitality and Adventure Tourism professionals out into the industry.

“The graduates, who came from around New Zealand and the world to the ceremony, paraded from QRC House to the Queenstown Memorial Hall where they were presented with their Diplomas and applauded by their peers, family, teachers and fellow students.

Keynote speaker, esteemed businessman and philanthropist, Jim Boult ONZM, told Graduates that their timing in entering the tourism industry was ideal as the industry has become New Zealand’s largest industry in terms of foreign exchange and people employed.

Mr Boult also touched on the importance of social media, sustainability practices and employment in tourism.

“While you have just completed your formal education, the school of life has just begun for you,” he said.

Mr Boult recognised QRC as the “leading provider of tourism related education services in New Zealand.”

CEO Charlie Phillips and Chairman Sir Eion Edgar also offered words of encouragement to the graduates.

Ian R. Bray, former Chief Executive of the SixStar Charitable Trust from which many QRC students have received scholarships, was awarded a QRC Honorary Diploma of Hospitality Management during the ceremony.

Class of 2016 graduates are already working in various tourism and hospitality companies including Shotover Jet, Hayman Island, Dart River Safaris, Matakauri Lodge, Aro Ha Wellness Retreat and Novotel.

  • Posted By: Andrea Preston on Tue, 8th Mar 2016 @ 09:02:20