UWTSD Tourism students start the New Year with a trip to Malaysia & Singapore


UWTSD Tourism and Business students have started the New Year with a trip to Malaysia & Singapore visiting the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) and a number of exciting tourist attractions.

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 are due to fly with Qatar Airways via Doha to Kuala Lumpur.

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

UWTSD's Jacqui Jones said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Cardiff Airport. The development of International links with Qatar Airways will make our journey to Malaysia and Singapore so much easier and is an exciting development for Tourism in Wales. The trip is 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 are all excited to fly on the new route from Cardiff and also 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 will be staying in Kuala Lumpur to visit the International University of Malaya Wales where they will be hosted by Malaysian students and attend specialist lectures, visit the Malaysian Tourism Ministry, KL Convention Centre and a range of culture and heritage sites in the city.

The academic visit will also enable the group to spend time experiencing the UNESCO World Heritage City of Malacca, and Putrajaya Malaysia’s modern city and home of the Government. The student are also looking forward to visiting Air Asia Corporate Offices for a presentation and tour especially as Tony Fernandez the CEO is also Chairman  of QPR Football Club  and Chancellor of IUMW.

The students will then be flying with Air Asia to the Island of Penang for the rest of the trip and staying at the Lone Pine Resort they will be able enjoy the beach as well as a visit to the historical Eastern & Oriental Hotel, the UNESCO World Heritage Site at GeorgeTown, the Kek Lok Si Temple and take the cable car to Penang Hill.

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 the 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’s my pleasure to welcome the group this morning. 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 today’s field trip is an excellent example of the ways in which it also enriches the learning experience for students attending university in our region. I wish the group every success and an enjoyable and memorable field trip.”

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 and in February another group of students will be taking part in a European Field Trip travelling to Switzerland as part of their studies and stopping off in Paris to support the Wales v France game on Feb 1.

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 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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