There was a truly international flavour to our Orpington Campus on Monday as groups of travel and tourism students held their annual ‘Discover the World’ show in the Hive café.
A sea of multi-coloured flags, photographs, promotional literature and cultural artefacts were on display, accompanied by the beat of traditional and modern music from around the world. Students were on-hand to offer travel advice and promote a number of different holiday destinations in the UK, Europe and further afield.
The students were tasked with researching, designing and decorating their stalls and producing high quality publicity materials. These included information on flights, getting around by public transport, popular tourist attractions, excursions, local cafes, restaurants and shopping centres, interesting facts and local history.
Activities included matching flags with traditional national costumes, paper aeroplane making and flying, brainteasers, mocktail mixing, and guessing the weight of a cake or the number of sweets in a jar. There was also a tombola for prizes donated by local businesses and sponsors of the event. The funds raised from the activities will be donated to the Unicef charity.
Level 1 student, Chanelys was amongst the many who worked so hard to make the event a roaring success. She said: "We were tasked with making sure we spoke to visitors and act as ambassadors for the countries and cities we promoted. The feedback we have received so far suggests the vast majority of visitors were very impressed with their experience. I’ve really enjoyed it and it’s a great way of learning the tricks of the trade."
Charlotte from the level 2 group was also very pleased with the new skills and knowledge she has acquired through the project. She said: "It's great that visitors commented on how good our displays were. It’s given me lots of confidence. Bring on the next one!"
Team leader Lucy from the level 3 group took responsibility for a number of important duties as well as playing a supervisory role on the day. Breathing a sigh of relief after the event, she remarked: "We’ve put in an extraordinary amount of work over the past month to prepare for this and today was the ‘moment of truth’ for us all. We have had to put our heads together and work as a team. All of the work in creating and setting out our stalls goes towards achieving some very important units that lead to our final qualifications. This project has covered conferencing and event management, promotion of destinations and production of materials."
Visitor to the event, business tutor, Jahmar Bennett was impressed with the standard of work on display at this year’s show. He said: "The students have clearly planned and prepared very well. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing and hearing about the different cultures and destinations there are to visit. I now feel much more enthusiastic about seeing lots of other places around the world."
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