In the last week Queenstown Resort College (QRC) have been recognised as an industry leader by both the tourism and education sector, taking home four prestigious awards.
At the ITENZ (Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand) Awards, held at Rydges Queenstown, QRC was awarded Provider of the Year, as well as the Inaugural Supreme Award for the college’s outstanding contribution to advancing the best outcomes for students.
The panel cited QRC’s outstanding graduate outcomes and strong links to industry as key factors to its success.
QRC’s CEO, Charlie Phillips, was also recognised on the night, awarded the ITENZ Leadership Award for his contribution the education industry and the Queenstown community.
These awards come off the back of a big win at the TIA (Tourism Industry Aotearoa) New Zealand Tourism Awards, where QRC took out the Industry Enabler Award for their ‘stand out’ Queenstown Ambassador Programme.
The Ambassador programme, which is being roll-out nationally with the support of MBIE, has significantly, positively impacted on the New Zealand Visitor experience by empowering frontline staff to engage with the visitors in a meaningful way.
“It is fantastic for Queenstown Resort College to be recognised at a national level by both the Tourism and Education Industry, and will help further establish Queenstown as a serious study destination” Charlie Phillips, CEO Queenstown Resort College.
The past year has been one of significant growth for QRC with the opening of the Tai Tokerau Resort College in Paihia, the purchase of a culinary school, now QRC Culinary, and the introduction of a Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management.