A group of 29 first and second year students from the Diploma in Integrated Events and Project Management (DEPM) participated in an overseas study trip to Macau and Hong Kong from 22nd to 26th September 2014.
Photo taken outside Institute of Tourism Studies, Macau.
The students started off their study trip in Macau where they visited places of interests such as Senado Square, A Ma Temple and St Paul’s Church, and even had the opportunity to explore the famed Venetian Macau, where they get to visit the casino as well as watched cultural shows. The students also attended a talk given by the Institute of Tourism Studies in Macau, before they head to Hong Kong for the second part of their study trip.
Continuing their study trip in Hong Kong, the students paid a trip to the Hong Kong Tourism Board, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland. They also had a back-of-house tour of the ‘Amazing Asian Animals Ed-venture’ as well as a talk on ‘Challenges of Running Events’ in Ocean Park.
Photo taken ouside Disneyland, Hong Kong.
The group also visited Hong Kong Polytechnic University – School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) where they were given a tour of the school and a talk on the challenges and process of planning and executing a conference where multiple competing events were organised.
In the words of DEPM student Sherlyn Goh: “The trip to Macau and Hong Kong was interesting, fun and enriching. We learned more about the events and hospitality industry in Macau and Hong Kong, the countries itself and also about each other.”
Photo taken outside Ocean Park, Hong Kong.
“We also learned a lot from the back-of-the-house tour at Ocean Park. During the management talk, we learnt how Ocean Park overcame the crisis of almost closing down, by using various strategies, one of which is the introduction of festival events, such as Chinese New Year, Easter, Halloween and Christmas to attract guests from all over the world. This strategy made us realise that events play an important role in many different industries.”
“This trip was an enriching one as we learned many things that we did not know before. It was also a fun and enjoyable one as we managed to play and learn at the same time. Definitely recommended for DEPM for the future trips!”