Learners tour to Nice with project

2018-10-17 06:03
At the National Tourism Career Expo at Sun City in September are from the left Chrislin de Koker, Christo Fieland (Tourism teacher), Elsabé Engelbrecht (director: Global Travel and Tou­rism Partnership South Africa) and Amy-Lee Visagie.

At the National Tourism Career Expo at Sun City in September are from the left Chrislin de Koker, Christo Fieland (Tourism teacher), Elsabé Engelbrecht (director: Global Travel and Tou­rism Partnership South Africa) and Amy-Lee Visagie.

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Two high school learners of the Northern Cape, Amy-lee Visagie and Chrislin de Koker, will be representing South Africa at the 18th annual international Travel and Tourism Student and Teacher Conference in Nice on the French Riviera from 30 November to 6 December.

This comes after the two Gr. 11 learners of the Carnarvon High School were selected as the winners in the Global Travel and Tou­r­ism Partnership (GTTP) South Africa competition for their research of astrotou­r­ism in the Northern Cape.

The learners were bestowed with an award by Elizabeth Thabethe, the deputy minister of Tourism, at the National Tourism Careers Expo in Sun City near Rustenburg on 28 September.

Their proposal, “The eye in the sky”, included research about the telescopes in Sutherland and Carnarvon and its impact on tourism growth in these remote areas.

The research is based on what scientists have described as the “eye and ears” in the sky with the MeerLICHT being the “eyes” and the MeerKAT the “ears”.

This project is unique to South Africa and welcomes tourists around the world.

At the international confe­rence the learners are expected to prepare a presentation and develop a case study and study material on “innovation in tou­r­ism” and present it to teachers and learners from 14 countries around the world such as the USA, UK, Canada, Russia, India, Brazil and China, to mention a few.

The learners will be accompanied by Christo Fieland, their Tourism teacher, who has guided them with their research and taught them how to write a good research proposal.

Fieland says he is excited about the international trip as it would be his first and it would also be good exposure for him.

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