Queenstown students off to France for finals of global competition


Four Queenstown Resort College students have made the finals of a global hospitality industry competition in France next month.

The second-year hospitality management diploma students – Harry Greig, William Clarke, Jesse Raroa-Ward and Willow Lewis – will contest the finals of the ‘International Accor Hotels Take off!’

Competition against teams from Switzerland, Thailand, Nigeria and Spain.

The QRC team, who’ve created a smartphone app concept that acts as a virtual concierge for travellers, went thought three rounds, against more than 300 international teams, to make the final five.

The students, who fly all-expenses-paid to Paris on June 17, were asked to look at how mobile technologies will transform the hospitality industry.

QRC chief executive Charlie Phillips says their achievement shows the quality of QRC’s students.

“This group did all this under their own steam, we didn’t give them any ideas.

“It just underlines the calibre of the students here – they really are world-class.”