Hospitality Students to Study International Tourism in Australia and China
March 06, 2012

UNT Hospitality management students will travel abroad this year to study international hospitality and tourism and explore recent tourism developments in both Australia and China. The faculty-led programs offer students valuable opportunities to further their education as well as their resumes while experiencing the cultures of other countries. Dr. Richard Tas and Dr. Lea R. Dopson will lead UNT students in Australia on a study tour focusing on social beverages commonly used in the hospitality industry. The primary emphasis of the study is history, language, product identification, and production techniques for Australian wine and beers. "This is the first wine and beer appreciation study abroad program offered by UNT," states Dr. Tas. "The students participating in our program will have the opportunity to tour leading wineries and breweries and experience Australian culture. The Australian wine industry is the 4th largest exporter of wine in the world." While exploring Australia, Dr. Tas, Dr. Dopson and UNT students will study at Australia's National Wine Education and Training Centre and tour several wineries and breweries. Additionally, excursions to Australia's rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef are planned.  

In China, UNT's Assistant Professor Dr. Zheng "Phil" Xiang and students will interact with local businesses and tourism organizations in order to develop a better understanding of culture as a driving force of tourism. "This program was developed to help our students understand the recent developments in international tourism as well as the hospitality industry," states Dr. Xiang. "Since Asia, particularly China, is becoming an increasingly important destination and source of international tourism, this program offers excellent opportunities for students to learn about both the innovations in the industry and the rich cultural heritage for tourism development."  Dr. Xiang and his students will study in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing and have the opportunity to visit the Great Wall of China, the World Expo site, and the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  

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