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CIT Hotel Management Students to Gain Five-Star Study Experience in Dubai

Published: 06 May 2016

Dubai Students
Image: Heading to Dubai: Annika Harrison, Christopher Pattie, Emily Short and Andrea Skaljac

Nine CIT students are about to experience just where in the world the Advanced Diploma of International Hotel and Resort Management (10060NAT) can take them through a luxury industry experience in Dubai.

CIT teacher Nicole Dixon says this 10-day experience for the hotel management students - a first for CIT - will offer them a unique industry insight and enhance their career opportunities.

"This trip will involve touring and learning from some of the world's leading hotels and resorts.

"In Dubai the students will be able to gain a real understanding of trends and initiatives in the hotel industry on a global scale," Ms Dixon said. "They will also have the opportunity to gain insight into the tourism sector and learn about the future developments and projects for Dubai."

Over 10 days, the students will explore a range of the city's luxury hotels and resorts, meet and learn from successful operations managers, discover famous hotel groups and capture the highest level of service standards.

Students Emily Short and Andrea Skaljac say they are excited and prepared to be a little star-struck.

"This is the first time I'll be experiencing five-star luxury hotels in another country," says Emily, who has previously backpacked overseas. "It will be interesting to see what is different about the five-star service over there and the standard in luxury service."

"I can't imagine just walking into the hotel lobbies - it will be another world!" Andrea says. "I'm looking forward to seeing Dubai, seeing how big the hotels are, and seeing what's different to Australian hotels."

Ms Dixon says this could be a real opportunity for the students to get their foot in the door.

"This trip is the students' ticket to the global industry. It will help them to see that this versatile qualification combined with their practical experience and some imagination can really take them anywhere in the world."

Emily agrees it could be a career-changer: "I've always wanted to live and work overseas, and this will be an opportunity to experience that reality. Hospitality is a small world and a really connected industry, so making connections there could make a difference to our careers."

The students leave for Dubai on Monday 9 May.

This study abroad experience has been made possible with funding from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training's VET Outbound Mobility Program.

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Canberra Institute of Technology, phone (02) 6207 3188 or email