Tourism and Hospitality Management Students Participate in the Bilibili Races
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Students of USP’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management during the Bilibili race in Sigatoka.
Forty-five students from The University of the South Pacific’s School of Tourism & Hospitality Management (STHM) recently participated in the annual bilibili race in Sigatoka.
The bilibili race has become a major tourist attraction in Fiji and involves employees from various hotels and resorts participating in competitions such as egg throwing, coconut tunnel, kayaking, swimming, water relays, iron man and the famous bilibili races along the Sigatoka River.
Seven hotels including the Warwick Fiji Resort & Spa, Naviti Resort, Intercontinental Resort & Spa, Outrigger on the Lagoon, Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort & Spa, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa and Radisson Resort participated in this event.
USP’s School of Tourism & Hospitality Management (STHM) won first place for the two-man kayak race, second place for the boardwalk and third place for the ladies waitress relay.
USP Tourism and Hospitality Students Association (TAHSA) President Benjamin Shaw said that winning a few of the races in the bilibili event was an added bonus.
“Our main aim in attending such an event was to emphasise to the tourism students the importance of teamwork. In today’s tourism industry, teamwork is the only way to achieve the company’s goals and objectives. Winning those awards is the result of sacrifice, dedication and commitment shown by each team member during training,” he added.
USP hotel management coordinator, Mr Greg Cornwall said that the bilibili event is a great networking and teamwork experience for the students from all over the Pacific, where they represent USP and get to compete with Fiji’s elite hotel workers in the biggest hospitality sporting event on the Coral Coast.
“It was also very good for me to see our STHM Alumni working for and now representing their resorts,” he said.
Mr Cornwall also acknowledged the support of the Grand Pacific Hotel, the Naikatini family in Sigatoka, USP Campus Life and Properties & Facilities for their assistance with refreshments, accomodation and shelter for the event.
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