UWTSD Tourism students start 2019 with a trip to Malaysia, Singapore, Paris and Switzerland


UWTSD Tourism and Business students have returned from a successful trip to Malaysia & Singapore visiting the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) and a number of exciting tourist attractions to learn more about the Tourism industry in Asia.


Before they departed on Tuesday, January 15, the group, led by Jacqui Jones, UWTSD’s Programme Director for International Travel, Tourism & Leisure Management at Swansea Business School, were welcomed by Debra Barber the CEO of Cardiff Airport, where they travelled with Qatar Airways via Doha to Kuala Lumpur.

Jacqui Jones said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Cardiff Airport. The development of International links with Qatar Airways made our journey to Malaysia and Singapore so much easier and is an exciting development for Tourism in Wales. The trip was an excellent opportunity for the students to experience first-hand the importance of travel & tourism in Malaysia as well as giving us the opportunity to fly home from Singapore. The students were excited to fly on the new route from Cardiff and visit the Harry Potter attraction and swimming pool on the roof of Singapore Airport which help rank it as number 1 in the world according to Business Insider.”

During the trip the students stayed in Kuala Lumpur to visit the International University of Malaya Wales where they were hosted by Malaysian students and attended specialist lectures on Niche Tourism in Malaysia. During their stay the Malaysian students acted as their tour guides and took the students on a culture and heritage tour of the city as well as visiting the Malaysian Tourism Ministry. The visit enabled the students to attend a very special Malaysian culture and dance show which some of the Swansea students were even able to take part in.

The academic visit also enabled the group to spend time experiencing the UNESCO World Heritage City of Malacca, and Putrajaya Malaysia’s modern city and home of the Government. At both cities the students enjoyed boat trips to see the attractions and in Malacca they also enjoyed a Chinese Rickshaw excursion to the culture and heritage sites.

The students also visited Air Asia Corporate Offices at KL International Airport. This included a tour of facilities and management presentation and was particularly of interest to the tourism students. This opportunity demonstrated the University’s International industry links as Tony Fernandez the CEO of Air Asia is also Chairman of QPR Football Club and Chancellor of IUMW.

The students then travelled with Air Asia on to the Island of Penang for the rest of the trip, staying at the Lone Pine Resort, where they were able to enjoy the beach as well as a boat trip to Monkey Beach, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at GeorgeTown, and the Funicular Railway journey to Penang Hill. During their stay the students attended an inspirational presentation and tour of the historical Eastern & Oriental Hotel and visited the Kek Lok Si Temple where the group supported local sustainable tourism and heritage strategies by investing in tiles to help replace the traditional temple roof.

The group flew home via Singapore which allowed them a further day investigating tourism provision and development. All the students planned and developed their own day excursion for the stopover in Singapore which included visiting Sentosa Island by cable car as well as seeing Marina Bay Sands, the F1 track and Singapore at night. For many the trip was finished in style with a midnight swim in the roof top pool at Singapore Airport which is renowned as the world’s leading airport before an overnight flight back to Cardiff.

Back in Swansea many of the students are now using their experience and learning to help support their assignments and final year project work. The students studying for a Masters in Tourism are developing a roadshow event to share their tourism based learning experiences from the trip with students studying travel & tourism at colleges across South and West Wales.

Jacqui Jones added: "At UWTSD, Tourism programmes focus on creating an innovative environment for the students to learn, by making the world their lecture theatre. It helps bring their learning alive and along with the University’s 30 years’ experience of offering specialist Tourism Placements allows our students to see behind the scenes in tourism venues and network with industry leaders in preparation for exciting careers in Tourism, Travel or Leisure Resort Management.”


Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, added: “It was our pleasure to welcome the group. The Qatar Airways service has created so many new opportunities for our customers to access destinations worldwide, and also reaffirms Cardiff Airport’s position as a key gateway to the UK for international visitors.

“Regular flights to and from the Middle East are also ideal for our growing international student population, and the field trip was an excellent example of the ways in which it also enriches the learning experience for students attending university in our region.”

This trip is just one of many opportunities available to students in The School of Tourism & Hospitality, for instance all students undertake specialist industry placements often in America or Europe, and earlier this month, (February) another group of students took part in a European Field Trip travelling to Switzerland by train as part of their studies and stopping off in Paris to support Welsh Rugby Team beat France.

UWTSD ranked in the top 10 UK universities for course satisfaction in Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism – Guardian League Table 2019.

The exciting professionally based programme is designed to prepare students for a management career in the tourism and travel industry. With a strong local and international flavour, students will gain a knowledge and understanding the new developments affecting the tourism industry in Wales whilst the international profile helps to create distinctive global graduates.

On graduating, students from this programme have a successful track in securing a range of management and operational positions within the Tourism Industry locally, as well as UK wide and globally.

Specialist career pathways include; -

International Leisure Resort Management

Tourism Management

Tourism Marketing

Heritage Management

Attraction Management

Event Management

Hotel Management

Travel Management

Excellent examples of previous students succeeding in the Tourism Sector include Events Managers, Managers with Visit Wales, Local Authority Tourism, Cruise Ships, Tour Operators, Airports, Airlines, Tourist Attractions including Disney, Merlin and Oakwood and local and international Hotels including Ritz Carlton Resorts, St Brides Hotel & Spa and the Village Hotel, Swansea.

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