Have a look at some happy snaps from Vanuatu!
© All photos by Dan Siriman, 2015
Last night, the travel students visited the Ekasup Cultural Village. The students saw first hand the life, customs, traditions and culture of the Ni Vanuatu people. They learnt about food preparation and roasting, hand made hunting traps and how to use native herbs as medicine. This is definitely a MUST DO for anyone travelling to Vanuatu!
Pictured here is one of our travel students Dan (in maroon) and our Coordinator, George (in blue). The Chief gave Dan the ‘Talking Stick’. So I suppose that made Dan honorary Chief last night?! And Dan, don’t let George anywhere near that ‘Talking Stick’ please! 😛
Today the travel students are off on the Coongoola day cruise. This is personally one of my favourite things to do in Vanuatu! They will cruise around the lagoon and eat lunch on a secluded island where they will be the only ones there… Relaxing, tanning, swimming and snorkelling will be the order of the day!
Tomorrow will be a free day for the students where they will get a choice of either exploring more of Port Vila, sitting on the white sand beach of Hideaway Island (where there is also an underwater post office) or doing six ziplines above the canyon!
And I bet you have that song stuck in your head now huh?!
Yesterday the students visited the Secret Gardens and the Mele Cascades where they were able to learn about the history and culture of Vanuatu and have a swim in the beautiful and clear waters of the falls.
Today the students will go on a guided walk of Port Vila hosted by the tour guiding and tourism students of our sister school, APTC. Then tonight they will be going to the Ekasup Cultural Village for a cultural show and dinner.
Stay tuned as we continue to bring you news from the Coconut wire in Vanuatu.
EMBRACE THE BIZARRE! Today Travel welcomed Greg, Global Purpose Specialist – Sales Manager for G Adventures.
Who is G Adventures you ask? They are the small group adventure specialists with over 25 years experience in the industry. They have over 650 tours to choose from that delivery an authentic, cultural and sustainable travel experience. With their youngest traveller at 5 years old, there’s a tour for everyone!
The travel students sat in awe as Greg started his talk on the history of G Adventures and their inspirational founder Bruce Poon Tip. Greg continued with explaining the G Adventures brand, target markets, tours styles and sharing his own G travel experiences.Continue reading →
The semester 2 students are counting down the days until their departure to Vanuatu in about a weeks time. This trip to Vanuatu is part of their travel studies and in the travel industry we call this a “Famil” short for Familiarisation Trip.
While in Vanuatu, the students will work closely with the APTC students who have organised this trip for our tourism and travel students. The aim of this trip is to provide students with first hand destination information and therefore be able to sell Vanuatu to clients. So no doubt the students will be taking it all in as the spend a week in the South Pacific.
Stay tuned as we post daily updates and pictures of their Famil!
Yesterday the Travel students completed two site inspections.
The first inspection was at the Melbourne Visitor Centre in Federation Square. Jacqueline took the students around the Centre where she explained the history and use of the information Centre. The students also got to see how visitors were handled and how important an establishment like this is to the travel and tourism industry.Continue reading →
On Tuesday, the Travel students attended the 2015 Melbourne Tourism Industry Exchange hosted by Destination Melbourne.
This was an opportunity for the Travel students to experience their very first Tourism Industry Expo. They networked with Tourism Representatives from all over Victoria and used this Expo to update their tourism and travel knowledge.
Yesterday the Travel students presented their TRAVEL BUCKET LISTS! This was their final assessment task for Make a Presentation as each student presented the Top 3 things on their Travel Bucket List.
Each presentation was wonderfully different… From the styles and methods of their presentations, to audience involvement and participation – it was great to see that each student really embraced and owned their presentation.Continue reading →
Today the Travel students conducted a site visit at AirTickets.
Annette explained the AirTickets and the HelloWorld travel brand, the recruitment and induction process and took the Travel students on a tour of the floor.
The importance of having good comprehension skills and being customer service focused was highlighted in the discussion. Annette also told the Travel students that it is important to continuously update your travel and product knowledge and to also know where to find information and who to call if they required assistance.
This visit gave the Travel students a look into another area of the travel industry – Airline Wholesale.
A big thank you to Annette and the AirTickets team for allowing us to come and visit your office.