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Hospitality Management students top of class at industry awards

Katherine Austria, Novera Tjan and Reuben Rajaratnam were recently awarded the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Student Entrepreneurial Award

Holmesglen Bachelor of Hospitality Management learners have continued our elite reputation with industry, following another impressive sector award win.

Final-year students Katherine Austria, Novera Tjan and Reuben Rajaratnam were recently awarded the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Student Entrepreneurial Award.

This is Holmesglen’s third win in five years and follows the Institute’s outstanding showing at the International STR Student Market Competition, where our students outperformed all other Australian teams.

The VTIC Student Entrepreneurial Award gives hospitality management learners industry engagement opportunities while they study and won by a team that develops an innovative idea for the visitor economy.

Tourism for all – Promoting accessibility through education

Our hospitality management team researched accessible tourism accommodation as part of its winning brief.

The three learners examined Australia’s disability tourism industry and promoted accessibility as an asset, rather than a compliance, in their presentation.

“We believe that tourism is for everyone.

Our entrepreneurial concept of the Cosmic Hotel will meet the needs and exceed the expectations of a growing market requiring accessible accommodation; and will contribute to the reputation and development of Victoria’s visitor economy.”

Katherine Austria, Novera Tjan and Reuben Rajaratnam

Holmesglen Course Leader Laurin Fortune says Katherine, Novera and Reuben used skills they learned during their hospitality management course to support their research.

This included drawing on major studies, such as applied hospitality design, entrepreneurial leadership and contemporary hospitality issues.

“It’s an example of how our Bachelor of Hospitality Management students use their applied research skills to tackle authentic industry problems. 

“This team should be very proud of their entrepreneurial project, which puts humans at the centre of their solution, while supporting business prosperity. 

“Their win has produced tangible evidence of our graduates’ ability to design and deliver innovative hospitality services.”

Study hospitality management at Holmesglen

Holmesglen offers a variety of hospitality courses, from certificates, diplomas and degrees.

The Bachelor of Hospitality Management can be studied as a full-time or part-time option and may lead to operational and managerial positions in hotels and restaurants, functions and events, and other associated hospitality areas.

Find out more about our hospitality courses and how to apply.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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