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Cavendish Venues #Eventprofs Gina Pichilingi & Serena Basso conGradulated for achieving 2 Firsts!

July 18, 2018

Cavendish Venues are proud to congratulate newest staff members Gina Pichilingi & Serena Basso  who were studying at the University of Westminster on both achieving their First-Class degrees!

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Gina studied tourism planning and management which is fully accredited by the Tourism Management Institute (The UK’s professional organisation for destination management).

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The Tourism, Planning and Management BA Honours course focuses on destinations – the planning, development, management, and regeneration of destinations. This course has received full accreditation from the Tourism Management Institute (the UK’s professional organisation for destination management) for the excellence of its content. The course takes an international perspective and includes a field trip in each year of study. The course is modular, comprising core and option modules, allowing students to specialise and create their own course pathways.

The course also provides a thorough grounding in the subject and the planning/policy principles which underpin tourism, but also has a strong emphasis on skills development for the workplace, including presentation skills, research, data analysis and negotiation. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and field study.

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In addition, Gina was also awarded the ATHE (Association for Tourism in Higher Education) prize as well. This is for the top student in the tourism planning & management and tourism business courses. Gina will be attending the Annual Conference for this in Leeds in December!

Gina gained useful experience and reached some great achievements during this time at university:

  • 1st Class Honours – Tourism Planning and Management BA Honours.
  • Exchange programme at the University of Canberra, Australia – 1 semester
  • Vice President of the Tourism Society – University of Westminster
  • Organiser of the Tourism Society’s Career Day
  • Final year Dissertation module: UK’s Rail versus Low Cost Carrier Travel: Motivation factors and the influence of price.
  • Nominated for Women in Property Student Awards 2016

 

Serena studied the Tourism and Events Management BA which explores the relationship between tourism, events and the wider environment, developing the skills needed to successfully evaluate and manage tourism and stage events in host destinations. The course is designed for students who have an interest in the tourism sector generally and are keen to focus on the dynamic field of events management. The course is designed to provide a combination of the practical elements of events management with an in depth understanding of the potential impacts of events and their role in developing destination product and destination image with an international perspective.

The course provides a thorough grounding in the subject and the theoretical principles that underpin tourism and event policy and management, but also has a strong emphasis on skills development for the workplace, including presentation skills, research, data analysis, budgeting, negotiation and content planning.

https://www.westminster.ac.uk/tourism-and-events-courses/2019-20/september/full-time/tourism-and-events-management-ba-honours

 

Some of the subjects studied included: Principles of Event Management; Strategic Planning for Tourism and Events; Event Operations; Event Production; Staging an Event; Spanish; Marketing; & Critical Themes in Event Management.

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Serena gained useful experience and reached some great achievements during this time at university:

  • 1st Class Honours- Tourism and Events Management BA Honours
  • Exchange programme at University of Canberra, Australia-1 semester
  • 3rd position at “The Q” Marketing competition at University of Canberra, Australia during Exchange Programme 2016-17
  • Organiser of the charity event: Taste the Darkness at CitizenM Tower of London – March 2018, rewarded with a first class.
  • 3-year Spanish module- achieved with first class honours- Intermediate level B1
  • Final year Dissertation module: Dark tourism-a study of visitor motivations- with focus on Auschwitz former concentration camp.
  • 4 weeks internship as event coordinator at Tea Studio, London – during first year of university.

Events and conferences play an essential role in the business, cultural and sporting life of all countries. In recent years an exciting new profession has emerged with conference/events planners and managers organising a diverse range of events, and marketing the great variety of destinations and venues in which they take place.

London is an ideal destination in which to study tourism, events and conference management. A regular host of world class sports and culture events such as Wimbledon, the London Marathon, Notting Hill carnival and the London Fashion Week, as well as one-off mega events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup, London is widely recognised as a world events capital. With several hundred conference venues and an abundance of international business and leisure events, London is a world leader in this dynamic industry.

The courses are taught by experienced academics and industry practitioners, providing valuable insight into this exciting industry sector.

Both Gina and Serena were recruited via the University of Westminster fair where Cavendish Venues had representation.University-of-Westminster10

Their success is just another example of the continued and valued belief at Cavendish Venues in developing talent in our industry.

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Your events can achieve top marks too when you book with Cavendish Venues so why not enquire now at enquiries@cavendishvenues.com or call our enquiry line on 020 7706 7700.

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