24 Nov 2015

Tourism training college to launch in Paihia

8:34 pm on 24 November 2015

A Queenstown company is launching a tourism training college in the Bay of Islands, targeting Māori and Chinese students.

Queenstown Resort College will open its Tai Tokerau campus and residential hostel early next year in Paihia.

Its chief executive Charlie Phillips said the company was working in partnership with New Zealand Māori Tourism and real estate company Shanghai Cred.

The Chinese developer bought the luxury Far North resort Peppers Carrington in 2013 and is in the process of a major expansion on the site.

The Tai Tokerau College would offer pastoral care to students in a hall of residence, with four intakes of 25 students a year, Mr Phillips said.

The partnership would give New Zealand tourism students a chance to learn more about Chinese visitors, and vice versa, by living, studying and working together, he said.

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