On Friday 4 November, Year 11 Hospitality students travelled to the Blue Mountains to do an extensive tour of three highly regarded, 5 star Hotels. The purpose of the trip was to create hospitality industry links for future career aspirations as well as providing detailed knowledge and industry examples to complete competency tasks and prepare for the HSC Examination.
First stop was Fairmont Resort at Leura which caters for a broad range of guests. They pride themselves on being a family friendly establishment and provide a range of activities for children staying at the Hotel, including the pin bowling, games arcade, ping pong tables, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools. They also cater for couples looking to get away from the city for the weekend as well as special golf packages to make use of the course which surrounds the Resort. The view from the restaurants was amazing and it was easy to see why the Fairmont Resort is such a popular destination for people staying in the Blue Mountains.
Next we travelled on to The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba. This Hotel is full of character and maintains many of the original features from its opening in 1882. The staff here were very generous with their time and took our students on a tour of the rooms and guest facilities as well as outlining the hotels strategies to reduce energy and water use.
Our last visit was the Hydro Majestic Hotel where students were given a tour of the kitchen and discussed issues with the executive chef such as emerging technologies and sustainability. We looked through the historic building and discussed the difficulties of maintaining the heritage features of the establishment while also meeting the guests needs for technology such as Wi-Fi. The Front Office Manager gave the students an overview of her progression within the hospitality industry and the path she has taken to get to the position she is in now.
The highlight of the tour was the High Tea in Wintergardens Restaurant at the Hydro Majestic. The students were very impressed with the setting which looked out over the Megalong Valley and also the service and décor of the restaurant. The high tea was fantastic and almost as good as the high tea our students created during Term 2.
This trip was an extremely valuable experience for the students that attended. It not only gave them the opportunity to see behind the scenes in some of the most well regarded hotels in the mountains, but it also gave them an insight into the daily operations of a large hospitality establishment. This information provides them with real industry examples that we will refer to in our lessons and that they can draw on to complete detailed and industry relevant responses during their HSC.
We were very impressed with how the students conducted themselves throughout the day and we have already received some positive feedback from the hotels about the students’ behaviour and enthusiasm. They were fantastic representatives of the College.
Mr Josh Galvin, VET Hospitality Teacher