5 December 2019, Pune- When an institute is student-centric, all its activities and initiatives benefit students immensely. The Students of AISSMS College of Hotel Management and Catering Technology had an opportunity to travel across the boundaries of the country for a field visit. A brainchild of Associate Professor and Training & Placement Head, Dr. Sameer Diwanji, the final year Front Office and Housekeeping students planned a best practices study tour to Singapore. This innovative idea was supported and whole-heartedly encouraged by Principal, Dr. Sonali Jadhav.
The purpose of this visit was to study the best practices of iconic hotel brands and gain in-depth knowledge about the Hotel operations abroad. The final year specialization students visited famous hotels, namely Hotel Shangri-La, Singapore. Ms.Ketaki Dake, Assistant Front Office Manager of Shangri-La, alumni of AISSMS CHMCT, shared her experience with the students. Ms.Chherie Han, Training Manager of Shangri-La also actively participated in the student orientation.
The specialization students also visited Marriott Tang Plaza, Singapore. The hotel is famous for its high teas and brunches. Mr.Sushant Rege, Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Marriott Tang Plaza, Singapore, alumni of AISSMS CHMCT, assisted the students with the hotel orientation. A seminar was specially conducted by the Front Office Manager for the students to know the latest and best practices followed by Marriott.
These undergraduates also had an opportunity to visit The Westin, Singapore and the iconic Raffles Hotel. The famous cocktail Singapore Sling originated here in Raffles. Hotel Marina Bay Sands also had a lot to offer. The hotel has a world famous Casino where the students came across a robotic drink server. The Hotel has express check out kiosks and they got acquainted with the operations of the kiosk. Students also visited the famous Fullerton Hotel.
The accommodation specialization students had a chance to explore the country and visited famous tourist places like Jurong Bird Park, Marina Bay, Universal Studio, Sentosa Island and of course the famous Merlion!
A rigorous 5 days of learning post which the students bid a farewell to the country. This field trip was an amazing educational and leisure experience to the team. They had a good exposure in terms of planning, travelling abroad and social skills. The students returned with smiling faces and a lot of memories to cherish.
The students were accompanied by Dr. Sameer Diwanji and Dr. Rasika Gumaste on this enriching tour. The experience that the students had wouldn’t have been possible without the well maintained associations with the alumni by the Principal, Dr. Sonali Jadhav, and the motivation and support of Shri Malojiraje Chhatrapati, Honorary Secretary AISSM Society.