Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017
Helen Geytenbeek who is the Tourism and Hospitality Lecturer at the College of Enterprise and Development at Otago Polytechnic said that the CINZ (Conventions and Incentives New Zealand) conference would be creating essential links for them between theory and practice.
She mentioned that attending this conference is actually an enriching experience and opportunity for students to participate in thought-provoking sessions on relevant topics and to interact with leaders in this field.
She went on to add that this would be the first time some of them might have explored a conference plenary session and it promises to be a realistic learning concept for them.
The 20 students would be qualifying for the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel at Otago Polytechnic.
One entire year of study contributes to the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Management. Their paper on ‘Tourism in Action’ comprises learning to design and develop a unique business concept and also to analyze the application of different procedures in tourism business ventures.
Geytenbeek said that they would be focusing on the MICE industry in this particular paper, to expose them to the business-sided side of the tourism industry.
They would be placing together a corporate plan, organize and participate in an event as well as volunteer for a conference, event or festival and analyze the experiences.
Kim Dodds who is the business development manager at Dunedin Venues Management said that the successful relationship of Dunedin Venues with Otago Polytechnic continues to grow across many of its businesses. Dodds said that at present they employ five graduates in their event coordination and turf management teams.
Over 140 CINZ members including managers of key venues, catering companies, owners, accommodation providers, activity operators and regional convention bureaus would meet at the Dunedin Centre and Town Hall within 25th and 26th October, 2017.