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Tourism & Hospitality Excursion


Last week Year 11 Tourism and Year 12 Hospitality students headed out for the day to learn more about their industries. First stop was Bridget Bunchy with their fabulous range of recycled, upcycled products. Most students had never been there before but after this quick stop, all vowed to come back with their families to show them the goodies on offer. Vincenzo’s was the morning tea stop and students learnt about how their business had changed according to the ever changing needs of their clients – the visitors to this region. Students tried lots of new foods including Italian biscuits, olives, meats and cheeses. Over the road to the Heritage Winery and Laura went through how to conduct a wine tasting, what visitors ask for and about how all the establishments in the area work together to promote each other. We then headed up the road a little further to Castle Glen Winery where the students were amazed with the large array of spirits and wines sold in very elaborate bottles. Marketing was discussed here and they went through how they conduct tastings at their winery – a little different from most as they offer spirit tastings as well. Granite Belt Dairy was the next stop where students enjoyed a cheese tasting followed by one of the best milk shakes in the district, with milk from their own jersey cows. Donnelly’s Castle was next on the trip and everyone walked up to the lookout to see what they could see. As this was a natural attraction, students discussed how this attraction could be marketed to visitors via maps and word of mouth. Our last stop of the day was to Sutton’s farm where students not only enjoyed some fantastic apple pie but also learnt about how they conduct their product tastings, how much to pour, the type of questions visitors ask and what sort of information to provide. Everyone said they had not only had fun, tried some new foods and been to some new places, but they had also learnt a lot about the hospitality tourism industry and were excited to be a part of it. Thanks must go to all the establishments for welcoming us with open arms as well as Crisps Coaches and Chris Pascoe for driving the bus for us. Without everyone’s assistance, students would not be able to get out and about and learn from first hand experiences like these.