Westminster Kingsway students take a look at Hospitality and Tourism in Lisbon on their European field trip
01 October 2009
BTEC National Diploma Hospitality students took a four day Residential Study Trip to Lisbon in Portugal this September as part of their Travel and Tourism modules.
The annual trip, which is part of the students’ course, gave them the opportunity to learn about the culture and heritage of Portugal, see how Lisbon operates as a tourist destination and the chance to observe hospitality professionals on the Continent.
Highlights of the trip included experiencing traditional Portuguese food and hospitality, visiting the historic battlements of the city, touring local monasteries and castles in the area and enjoying "Fado" traditional Portuguese folk singing.
On their return the students will present a full assessed evaluation of their learning experience during the trip. Their presentation will include health and safety observations, noted business opportunities, and how Lisbon compares to London as a city tourist destination. The presentation will be aided by video and photo diaries that the students were encouraged to keep during their trip on newly acquired PlayStation Portables.
Stephen Hyde, Head of Hospitality and Travel & Tourism at Westminster Kingsway College, said: "These trips allow the students to take their learning out of the classroom and into the field. It allows for different experiences as part of their education, widens their perspective and gives them the opportunity to see different cultures."
Yasmine Karem, BTEC National Diploma Hospitality student, said: "It was a good experience to learn about Portuguese culture and how they look after visitors. We really enjoyed using different forms of media to record our trip. That will make our presentations all the more interesting."
Share this page with a friend
(Fields marked • are required.)