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Tourism and Travel students at NMIT

Thank you Uniquely Nelson, and all the other tourism operators out there who are actively providing students in Tourism and Travel training at nmit, with real world experiences!!

Tourism and Travel students at nmit are gaining valuable experiences out there in the community
working in event management, customer service and market research. It is a two way feast where;
students who volunteered at ‘MarchFest’ last weekend, had full on experience in what it takes to set
up and deliver on the day, and the ‘On-Cue Conferences’ team benefited from the extra hands
before and on the day of the event.

Tomorrow the students are out for a day surveying locals and tourists; research for the Nelson i-SITE
team who are keen to find out tourist and local perceptions of the Nelson i-SITE brand and services.
The Tourism and Travel programmes for 2018, run the full year and include Amadeus training for
those keen on travel consulting. Students are keen to explore the range of employment
opportunities out there, most say they are not set on a particular career path, just know that they
are passionate to work with people, love travel and want to develop skills, confidence and
knowledge to enable entry onto meaning full work in the tourism and travel industry.

The programme is broad in its scope as students coming in to study don’t really know what is out
there. Tourism is a multidisciplinary beast; often not well understood in terms of ‘career pathways’.
NMIT aims to change this and aims to expose its learners to as many areas of work in the industry as
possible. In Nelson-Tasman we are spoilt by generous operators to give their time to present to
students, host visits and provide work placements. Students themselves get to plan and execute
guided excursions for international clients.

So if you can offer a student(s) an experience, (one day or a week or day a week for a term) please
get in touch; Real world experiences are the key to matching skill
development to industry demand. Tourism is a significant contributor to the local and national
economy and the current issues of ‘over tourism’ in hot spots, freedom camping, tourist tax or not,
need to be understood, addressed and managed. Students now are the future of the industry and it
is exciting; thank you for supporting them in their learner journey to be the best that they can!
Aku mihi nui ki a koe

Katrina Marwick
Senior Academic Member
Programme Coordinator Tourism and Travel
Mobile 0276784175
Work 03 5469175 ext 702

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