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A Whirlwind 2019 with International Excursions to Match

2019 was a whirlwind, with trips around Australia, Asia, and even to America. Here are some of the highlights.

We're kicking off our recap with The Disney Cultural Exchange Program, where one of our alumni, Zoe, was recruited to join Disney's Deluxe Resorts, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. She was able to secure this with the help of Student Opportunities Coordinator, Elysia Corallo.

Our Aviation students had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand for the practical assessment component of the course. This prepares future graduates for entry into cabin crew ground school with any of the airlines.

In June, our VET Tourism and Events students went to Da Nang in Vietnam to experience the country's thriving tourism and hospitality. Guided by our Program Leader for Events, Travel & Tourism, Corinne Maxfield, 11 of our students also visited our Vietnam campus and met some local university students for cultural exchange.

To start a series of The Outbound Mobility Program, 10 of our students and two teachers enjoyed an insightful 16-night tour of Venice, Brunico, Bologna, Florence and Rome. The students visited the food-centric theme park FICO World Eataly, the Mercado de Rialto fresh food market, undertook a masterclass at Carpigiani Gelato and more.

In September, our Patisserie students went on a VET Outbound Mobility Program study excursion to Dubai. Over their eight-day trip, they had the unique opportunity to experience and apply their learning and vocational aspirations in one of the world's most desirable destinations.

Another group of Baking and Patisserie students also went for a fast-paced Outbound Mobility Program, but this time to New York. From the quintessential Momofuku Milkbar to traditional Delicatessen, together with Patisserie teacher Rob Melis they covered every inch of NY.

Finally, the last group of our Outbound Mobility Program, eight of our Cookery students flew to Shanghai to participate in traditional Chinese cooking classes with local culinary specialists in wok cooking, dumpling making and noodle-pulling.

In October, our Hotel Management students went to Bangkok, touring some of the city's best accommodation and attractions. There were many standouts, but for Cary Warren, Manager of Centre for Tourism & Hospitality, the tour truly encapsulates all that they've achieved through the Diploma studies.

Later that month, two of our Events students were awarded The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) scholarship. Both students went to Texas and attended education and networking events, had behind the scenes access to the event and also personalised mentorship with industry professionals.

Lastly, we capped the year with a trip to Milan with our Patisserie students. The 10-day trip consists of The 2019 World Trophy of Pastry, Ice-Cream and Chocolate, Chocolate and Ice Cream (FIGPC) bi-annual expo held at Host Fiera and participated in an advanced-level practical training workshop with Ernst Knam, one of Europe's leading Patisserie Chefs and more.