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Students in New York!

Globetrotting students from Wakefield College have recently returned from a residential trip to New York where they had the chance to experience and flavour the delights of the Big Apple.

Every year, students from the College’s Hospitality and Tourism department visit international cities to help broaden their knowledge and understanding of career opportunities available across the world.

This year a group of 30 students and 6 members of staff took in the sights and sounds of New York. The group had a chance to visit some of the many landmarks the city is famous for including the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Rockefeller Centre, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Ground Zero, Chinatown, Dakota Building, Grand Central Station and the Statue of Liberty.

Students on the trip were treated to visits to the prestigious five-star Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Waldorf Astoria Hotels. Students also visited the London Hotel and Gordon Ramsay restaurant, where they were given the opportunity to ask questions to the famous restaurant’s general manager. Students were invited to have lunch at Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

Richard Lee, student on the BTEC National Diploma in Hospitality programme said: “This College trip was awesome, so informative and such a laugh too! I will definitely go back one day. It inspired me to work there”.

Caroline Lamb, lecturer in Travel and Tourism, added: “Our Travel and Tourism students benefit greatly from such trips, as they are able to experience great locations, international landmarks and attractions. These visits are so inspiring.”

Holly Shackleton, BTEC National Travel and Tourism student, said: “I never thought that I would have lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze - It was terrific.”

The trip organiser, Laurent Berges, Head of Hospitality and Tourism, said: “Students at Wakefield College are given the opportunity to undertake valuable international activities that not only include work placements in France, Sweden and Malta, but also inspiring educational residential visits to places like Shanghai, Toronto and New York. Such international visits really help in broadening students’ horizons and in preparing them for their careers after education.”

Laurent also praised and thanked the many people who helped organise the trip. Laurent said: “Organising such a trip is not easy as it involves a lot of people helping us out. I would like to thank Chris Nez and Rob Bechkam from Gordon Ramsay Restaurant, Robert Kellermann from the Ritz-Carlton and Gillian Wong from the Waldorf Astoria who all took time out and gave us such a warm welcome.”

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 20 April, 2010

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