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The University of the South Pacific’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) is further strengthening its collaborative efforts with its tourism stakeholders in the Solomon Islands as part of its continued efforts to build up its teaching, research consulting and training platform.
The School recently undertook a series of consultations with key partners in the public and private sector in Honiara to progress internship opportunities for its Solomon Island students. Meetings were held with key hotel partners in Honiara that included the Heritage Park Hotel and Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel.
“As a result of these meetings, we were able to secure internship opportunities into 2017 for its Honiara-based students who are currently completing their Bachelor of Commerce in Hospitality Management programme ”, said STHM Head of School Professor Marcus Stephenson.
Meetings were also held with the Chief Executive of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau and USP alumni Josefa Tuamoto on various marketing and research opportunities that existed between the School and tourism stakeholders in Honiara.
The school also met with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s Director of Tourism Mr Barney Sivoro in relation discussing opportunities for a Careers Fair in the foreseeable future in Honiara.
STHM Teaching Assistant, Ilisapeci Matatolu, who conducted the week-long programme, added that postgraduate study opportunities were also discussed when she met with seven of its Honiara-based alumni – all employed in the private and public sector tourism entities in Honiara.
The programme also involved the marketing of STHM undergraduate programmes to various schools in and around Honiara, where the objective is to encourage students to think seriously about a career in the tourism and hospitality industries.
Professor Stephenson added that STHM will continue to strengthen its outreach to its partners in the Solomon Islands to ensure its collaborative efforts are maximized for mutual benefit in line with the University’s overall strategic goals. He also said “We are working hard in the region to encourage Pacific islanders to build their career pathways to eventually work towards key management positions in the industry. This is absolutely vital”.
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