In the last week, Queenstown Resort College (QRC) has 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 took out Provider of the Year, as well as the inaugural Supreme Award for its 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 in its success.
QRC CEO Charlie Phillips was also recognised on the night, receiving the ITENZ Leadership Award for his contribution to 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 earlier in the week, where QRC received the Industry Enabler Award for its “standout” Queenstown Ambassador Programme.
The Ambassador Programme, which is being rolled out nationally with the support of MBIE, has significantly and positively impacted on the New Zealand visitor experience by empowering frontline staff to engage with Kiwis and visitors from other cultures in a meaningful way.
“It’s fantastic for Queenstown Resort College to be recognised at a national level by both the tourism and education industry, and it will help further establish Queenstown as a serious study destination,” said Charlie Phillips.
In the past year, QRC has experienced significant growth through a number of exciting developments including the opening of the Tai Tokerau Resort College in Paihia, the purchase of a culinary school now renamed ‘QRC Culinary’, and the introduction of a Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management.