The China Tour was Amazing

A blog for the travel and tourism areas of William Angliss Institute

China Study Tour - HK Hotel July 16

The China Tour was Awesome & Hot

China Study Tour - HK Hotel July 16

The China Study Tour July 2016 provided an amazing opportunity to visit three major Chinese cities – Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing with seven tourism and event students.

Our accommodation at the Harbour Plaza Hotel Hong Kong was magnificent. The location was perfect and very convenient with a short bus trip to Kowloon and to the local metro train station. All rooms had superb views to Victoria Harbour and the huge buffet breakfast was a great start to the day. A highlight of our stay was a Hotel Tour and Talk by the Assisting Front Office Manager Alan Leung

China Study 16 HK Disney

Hong Kong Disneyland was an action packed day to enjoy all the Disney characters, rides and shows.

China Study 16 Disney Character

China Study 16 - HK Harbour

 Four days in Hong Kong experiencing the shopping, local Chinese food and key attractions including the Peak, Star Ferry, Disneyland plus a trip to the History Museum was a great first leg of our fourteen day tour.

China Study 16 - Bund

Shanghai was eye opening with its massive urban landscapes and phenomenal city views.

China Study 16 Yuen Gardens

In Shanghai our tours included visits to Yuen Gardens, Jade Buddha, the Shanghai Art Museum and the Shanghai Convention Centre plus the Oriental Hotel on the Bund.

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The temperatures during our stay in Shanghai was sizzling hot with over 40 degrees and high humidity. Our accommodation at the Sofitel Hotel was at the heart of the best shopping along Nanjing Road.

China Study 16 -Group Shanghai Mouth

Shanghai has lots to see and experience.

China Study 16 Group - Forbidden

The real highlight of the China Tour was Beijing and all the World Heritage sites of the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the spectacular Great Wall of China.

China Study 16 Great Wall - Evvents

China Study 16 Great Wall

The China Study Tour was trully amazing

China Study 16 On Tour

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China Tour 16 - Forbidden City

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So, where the bl**dy hell are yah?

Today the Travel Students started putting theory in to practice!

Each student was allocated a group and on went their travel agent hats… The destination; New South Wales. The task requires the students to pick, recommend and sell travel products and services to their Clients.

With pens, brochures and supplier websites at the ready, they will put an itinerary together and present it back to the class later on this afternoon!

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Welcome to our Semester 2 Travel Students…

The Semester 2 Travel Students have hit the ground running! With Galileo completed, they have started Sales, Fares, Australian Destinations and they are busy putting together their travel presentations for next week. The topic – their Travel Bucket Lists!

And today their t-shirts came…

Stay tuned as we bring you the latest news from Travel!

 

Aboriginal Heritage Walk & site visit to the Stamford Plaza… another busy week for the tour guiding students!

The tour guides had a busy week visiting the Stamford Plaza on Little Collins Street to discuss how they deal with arriving and departing tour groups incl. OH&S issues.  Students were shown the various facilities and some rooms.  Thank you to all the staff involved!

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They also joined the Aboriginal Heritage Walk of the Royal Botanical Gardens where Ben shared his wealth of knowledge regarding various uses of plants and seasons and the importance of sustainability.  But not before the welcome to land through a tanderrum ( smoking ceremony using Cherry Ballart (Ballee), Red River Gum (Biel) and Silver Wattle (Muyan)).

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Students were able to gain invaluable product knowledge and see the importance of structuring tour commentaries through the use of introduction of a common theme, delivering in big chunks, using interpretation and props, just to name a few tools. Another successful outing.

Ben, Botanical Gardens Melbourne
Ben, indigenous TG at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne, with the language / clan map showcasing how multi-cultural Australia has always been…

 

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Visit to Tullamarine Airport by tour guiding students

Visit to Tullamarine Airport

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Departing from the newly refurbished and automated Skybus terminal, the budding tour guides visited  Tullamarine airport to understand the process of meeting and greeting pax and organising group departures.

Skybus check in

Qantas groups was extremely helpful in explaining the process for groups and so was the Qantas staff regarding checking in FITs through automated check-in kiosks.

QF group counter with Mark

Students also met with visitor information staff to discuss their services on offer.

They looked at all the differences for checking in pax domestically at different airlines as well as internationally, the various airport facilities, waiting bays for various forms of transport, etc.

Another informative outing.

 

Birgitta March

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Apps of St Kilda

VegRestaurantsThis term, the diploma students wrote their own tourism apps for St Kilda, focusing on a theme of their choice including vegan and vegetarian restaurants, sports, history, animals, sustainability, photography, arts, desserts and coffee places of St Kilda.  The students could use a variety of different platforms.

Students’ apps had offline maps, links to the respective stakeholders and other service providers such as transport and weather, clear instructions as to how to use the app and OH&S instructions, route maps, a feedback form and survey page. 
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      coffee spots ST kildaanimals_stKilda

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We were able to present some of these apps to the Tourism Team from Port Phillip Council, St Kilda.  Their response was very positive in terms of inclusions and profession layout.


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Very happy with the outcomes !

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Walking tours of Melbourne

The last few weeks, the tourguiding students presented their own themed walks of Melbourne.  These included:

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  • Gothic architectureIMAG0272  IMG_20160321_160214 (2)& transportation IMAG0278
  • The Yarra river and the bridges IMAG0285 & ghost tours of MelbourneIMAG0287
  • Arts in Melbourne & St Kilda IMAG0489 
  • The Royal Botanical GardensIMAG0186 IMAG0458 (2)
  • ChinatownIMAG0437 & theatres of MelbourneIMAG0440
  • High Tea traditions IMAG0442 & iconic buildings of Melbourne IMAG0465
  • CBD & Docklands artworksIMAG0488
  • Sustainability of St KildaIMAG0456  & Carlton Gardens IMAG0164

The students had to research 3 attractions in depth, write a tourplan and deliver the information in a 30-40 time frame.  Their tour management skills and presentation skills were evaluated as was the content.   It was amazing to see the transformation within 6 months… Very pleased with the outcome!

Tourguiding students are either Cert III students (some going on to do their Diploma) or diploma students taking this unit as an elective.   Looking forward to the new term!

              

Week 14 Tour Guides participate in the Koala Clancy conservation day in the You Yangs

William Angliss tour guiding students participated with Echidna Tours to remove boneseed weed to create a safer environment for Koala Clancy and her siblings in

the You Yangs National Park on Wednesday 25th May. The students also got view and learn about the lives of the very active Koalas under the expert guidance of Janine & Martin our passionate guides and educators from Echidna Walkabout Tours

 

 

YY & KoalaClancy F YY Tree HuggingYY Weeding  You yangs & Echidna Wed