Taking part in competitions is a part of the journey of a Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management (DTRM) student. This year, two teams of DTRM Year 2 students competed in the annual Travel & Tourism Business Program and Competition 2015: Team Far Seekers and Team Kawaii Melon.
The Diploma in Tourism and Resort Management students who took part in TTBiz 2015
The teams were asked to develop a travel plan to Japan. They had to research, discuss, and make a plan together with their overseas counterparts by communicating via WebEx or Cisco TelePresence. The students’ partner with students from overseas institutions in the Philippines, Korea or Japan and communicate via WebEx. Meetings were conducted with all the members including advisors where the students shared their plan with their advisors and received feedback on their plan.
Korean students presenting their travel proposals through Cisco TelePresence and WebEx.
Both teams presented at the semi–finals and Team Far Seekers comprising Lee Jia Jia, Jasmine Kong, Abigail Voon Xue Li were selected to present at the finals on March 13.
Smiling faces (left to right: Lee Jia Jia, Jasmine Kong, Abigail Voon Xue Li) who were selected to proceed to the finals.
Team Far Seekers shared their thoughts about their experience in the competition which began in July 2015 and will culminate at the finals on March 13, 2016.
Abigail says: “When we were one of the emerging teams, we could not believe ourselves. All the teams presented their individual plans and we were very anxious as our group was the second last to present and the other groups in front of us all did very well and also had similar information as our group as the two groups before us also chose the same destination as us.”
We did not have much hope when it was our turn to present as we thought that our plan was not good enough. However, when the results were released, we were shocked to find out that we were one of the shortlisted teams. We had mixed feelings as we were both happy but we also felt sorry for the other teams as we felt that they also did well. All in all, we were still very excited that we were able to continue on this journey with our groupmates and are now working towards our goal to win the ultimate prize to Japan.
We learnt that “Nothing is impossible” and “Language is not a barrier”.
Lee Jia Jia affirms the positive experience: “TTBiz 2015 has given me the opportunity to strengthen my interpersonal skills and be a better team player. In the future, I would be able to leverage my TTBiz experience to become a global leader. Through this business-tourism competition, I have also gained insightful knowledge regarding Japanese culture and the culture and heritage of Kyushu region. It is definitely an eye-opening experience.”
We are proud that they have come so far and wish them the best in the finals!