This is the first time the School has participated in the Expo, giving students the exposure and experience they need as they prepare to enter the job market. The stand, managed by students, offered cooking demonstrations, an information desk and a restaurant serving a la carte meals. Liesl Liebenberg, the Hotel School Manager, said: “This type of event is covered in the syllabi and it is important that students know what it is like to work at an event. Our students performed exceptionally well and the stand was so popular that we, in fact, ran out of food.”
Hundreds of local and regional visitors flocked to the Expo which is said to be the biggest tourism event on the Namibian calendar. With statistics indicating that more than a million tourists travel to Namibia every year, the industry continues to be one of the biggest contributors to the country’s Gross Domestic Product.
The Hotel and Tourism School offers state-of-the-art lecturing facilities which include a fully-fledged training hotel with a restaurant, bar, accommodation and conferencing facilities. Liebenberg said that there are plans to participate in more exhibitions next year, depending on the availability of resources.