Tourism & Hospitality Management students help Takalana Bay Retreat
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Tourism & Hospitality Management students assist in the clean-up of Takalana Bay Retreat.
Forty-five students of The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) helped clean up debris and damages at the Takalana Bay Retreat on March 11 2016, following Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Takalana Bay Retreat consists of 85 acres of private property and is located 35 kilometres North West of Korovou Town, Tailevu.
The resort has been labelled as the home of dolphin watching in Fiji, has a common community lifestyle and employs local staff.
It is a popular field trip destination for USP tourism and hospitality students and the clean-up campaign carried out at the resort formed part of STHM’s approach to social responsibility and community engagement.
Takalana Bay Retreat manager, Mr Jay Bau said he was pleased with the assistance provided by the tourism students in cleaning the resort and getting it ready for tourists.
“I was very happy with the clean-up that was carried out by the students. Everyone worked very hard and the work that was completed in several hours would have taken our resort team at least three weeks to complete,” Mr Jay said.
The students were accompanied by Head of School, Professor Marcus Stephenson, Assistant lecturer Mr Marika Kuilamu and other STHM staff.
Mr Kuilamu said following the devastation caused by Cyclone Winston, it was important for the School to give something back to Nataleira community, where the resort is located.
“It was really important that we got involved because of the devastation caused. However, we are all very optimistic that the resort will be back on track shortly,” he added.
STHM Head of School, Professor Marcus Stephenson said the Tourism and Hospitality Student Association (TAHSA) rose to the challenge and worked hard clear much of the debris that had been scattered widely across the property.
“This is a great resort with a real emphasis on local involvement and tourism development. We were honoured to be involved and offer support. Strength in numbers was the key motto of the day,” Professor Stephenson highlighted.
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