The Westminster Collection 2009 Showcase attracted around 250 visitors to Central Hall Westminster last week, where local students got valuable hands-on experience of event management.
TWC chief executive Rene Dee said it was “a pretty good result given the conditions. The fantastic exposure we have had over the past month has resulted in our website traffic in January hitting an all time high and 25 per cent higher than December. The word will also spread through the events industry that TWC and its Showcase means business.”
A dozen Westminster Kingsway College’s Hospitality Supervision and Travel and Tourism students were a key part of the success and devised the creative theme: ‘Afternoon Tea with TWC’ and second year students Reece Gordon and George Smith were particularly pleased that their idea was the one put into practice.
Reece said: “We wanted a typically British theme that would reflect the venues involved in the event and so we came up with the idea of afternoon tea with waiters in cricket whites and floral teapots. We learned so much on the project, especially working under pressure and managing a real event. Everyone has worked well as a team and we have really enjoyed it. This assignment has formed part of their final year project and their evaluation of the event will be assessed towards their final result.”
Dee, leading the batting in his cricket whites, said he was delighted to give the students the vocational experience.
“We consider this to be a very important part of the social responsibility role our company and its members can play, in assisting young people to gain valuable experience in the business tourism sector.”