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Crown’s 2014 Fiji Visit

Each year, Crown Institute offers our travel and tourism students the opportunity to visit beautiful Fiji. This cultural and educational trip is designed so students can experience this popular destination as both tourists and also as future tourism industry employees.
The trip was booked through STA Travel, with Feejee Experience offering our students an insight to the ‘real’ Fiji.
The group landed in Fiji on the Monday evening, and for the whole of Tuesday the students enjoyed a free day shopping in Nadi. 
Wednesday was a busy day for our group: with their tour guide, they visited a local village where the children sang songs to welcome them, and our students gave the school learning materials and lollies for the children. Following this, they visited Natadola Beach, which is considered to be in the top ten beaches in the world. There the students enjoyed a traditional Fijiian barbeque before having fun sanduning on boogie boards and spending the night in Mango Bay.
Thursday was an early start beginning with a bushwalk to some beautiful waterfalls, and a boat trip back to the beach. The students then travelled to the Uprising Resort to take lunch, and spend the afternoon relaxing. Some students did activities such as henna painting, lessons on coconut uses, and how to make traditional kokoda (raw fish marinated in coconut milk) dishes.
Friday was the last day for our students in Fiji, so while they were still at the Uprising Resort, many of them took the morning to relax, although some of the more active students enjoyed a surfing lesson. After this the students travelled to Suva where they explored the country’s capital before heading to the airport to come back to New Zealand.
The Feejee Experience gave our students a fantastic example of how, as both tourists and as future tourism industry employees, we can help support local communities without damaging the environment, while still enjoying everything Fiji has to offer.
Thank you to STA Travel and Feejee Experience, and we know our new students will be looking forward to visiting next year!


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Dynamic Training – Crown Innovates to Ensure Graduate Success

Everyone loves good news, and we get especially excited when we hear about our graduates landing jobs in travel or hospitality establishments or other exciting businesses!
Starting from their first day on the job, we take pride in our graduates and their individual career journey. Whether it’s a foot in the door to gain customer service, turning their diploma into a degree or their dream role as a flight attendant; our philosophy is to never lose sight of helping our students succeed.
Recent Crown graduates are now working at The Langham, SkyCity, Mercure Hotel, Sofitel, STA Travel, Hawaiian Airlines, Novotel, Waterfront Restaurant, Function Staff and many other great employers!
Our graduates are a diverse group who each offer their own unique combination of skills, attributes, achievements and work experience; but they have in common a qualification from Crown!
To ensure that our courses are delivering the essential industry elements, we track our graduates. Our Head of School, Leanne Annabell, tracks employers to gain feedback on the work readiness of our graduates. This continuous improvement ensures we remain focused on outcomes. We’re committed to a system of continual adaptation and improvement in our programme delivery to keep up with the dynamic needs of the employment market.
As a result of graduate and employer feedback, the following changes to our courses have been made:
·      The development of a six-week internship for our hotel students.
·      Café experience for travel students to gain cash handling and customer service skills.
·      Working with leading hospitality group Showcase Hospitality to train and run interview workshops for their managers and our students.
These are just some of the innovative ways we are looking at helping our graduates stand out from the crowd.
At Crown, our style is personal and friendly, and we aim to get to know you, to support you and to help you succeed.

Call us on 0800 357 316 or email for more information.