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Education 25 Oct, 2023 Follow News


A group of aspirant students from UCCI’s Hospitality and Tourism programme are looking for community support to be able to atend the highly esteemed World Travel Market (WTM) conference in London this November, deemed to be “the world’s most influential travel & tourism event.”

This venture aims to significantly enhance their educational exposure, unlock career prospects, and contribute to the University’s mission of fostering a culture of excellence. They are now seeking the generous support of the local business community and individuals to make this transformative journey a reality.

The World Travel Market, scheduled for November 2023, is a premier global event for the travel industry. It is a hub of knowledge sharing, networking, and exploring the latest trends in hospitality, travel, and tourism. This trip will provide the students an unparalleled platiorm to network with industry moguls, potentially opening doors to future employment and internships, engage in enriching seminars, workshops, and panel discussions led by global industry leaders, explore a myriad of career paths within the travel industry landscape, experience cultural diversity by immersing themselves in the international ambiance of the event, and undertake research opportunities that can significantly enhance academic projects and insights in the hospitality and tourism sector.

To offset the costs associated with this trip, a series of fundraising initiatives have been planned. The University will host a bake sale and a sponsorship drive day on campus to promote raffle tickets. The proceedings from these events will be directed towards covering the travel expenses to London.

Dee Burrowes, Lecturer in Hospitality and Business at UCCI, commented, “The students are eager to represent the Cayman Islands and bring back a wealth of knowledge and experience to further enrich the local hospitality and tourism ecosystem. We have five students who want to atend this prestigious event and we are eager to help them to make this happen. We invite the business community and the public to partake in these fundraising activities, sponsor the students, or make donations. Every contribution, big or small, will be a steppingstone towards making this significant educational and professional venture a reality,”

In addition, an itinerary filled with professional-related visits including meetings with industry recruitment agencies and the Cayman Islands Government Tourism Office in London, has been meticulously planned to maximize the benefits of this trip.

Dee Burrowes, continued, “This is a golden opportunity for our students to broaden their horizons and get a firsthand glimpse into the global dynamics of the tourism industry. We believe that the students’ participation in the World Travel Market London 2023 will not only be an investment in their future but also a testament to the Cayman Islands’ commitment to nurturing the next generation of hospitality and tourism professionals.”

Individuals and businesses can donate by contacting Ms. Burrowes at dburrowes@ucci.edu.ky .

The students will also be at the following venues as part of their sponsorship drive:

• Saturday October 21st, 2023, 9:00am start - Cost U Less store.

• Wednesday October 25th, 2023, 11am – 4pm - Fosters Airport.

• Friday October 27th, 2023, Fosters Airport.

• Tuesday October 31st, 2023, 9am – 4pm Fosters Airport.

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