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Blue Mountains Tourist : Autumn 2010
www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au autumn 2010 34 Bush walking in any wilderness area requires proper preparation and planning. Over the years, hundreds of people have run into trouble in the bush because they were not properly prepared -- and unfortunately in some cases they didn't live to tell the tale. According to the experts, anyone planning even a basic trip into the wild needs to take the following precautions: • Find out about local conditions, including the forecast weather. • Never go into the wilderness alone -- preferably go with a minimum of two companions. • Before leaving, register your planned route with the local police station or at least let a responsible person know where you are heading and when you plan to return. • Take a good topographical map and compass and make sure you, or someone in the party, knows how to use them. • Borrow a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) free of charge from your local police station or National Parks and Wildlife Service Office. • Allow plenty of time to finish your walk in daylight. • Take adequate supplies of food, water and warm, waterproof clothing and a first aid kit -- just in case. • Stick to the planned route on the map and follow walking tracks. PLBs supplied by Benbro Electronics Complimentary loan of a digital emergency Personal Locator Beacon "PLB", equipped with GPS location technology is offered (subject to availability) to bush walkers from: Katoomba Police Station 217 Katoomba Street Katoomba • Springwood Police Station 4 Jerseywold Avenue Springwood PAL 131 444 • National Parks and Wildlife Service Govetts Leap Road Blackheath 02 4787 8877 (photo ID and route registration required) Located in two hectares of landscaped gardens in the village of Leura, the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) operates as a simulated hotel style campus with a fully operational hotel run by students for students. From guest relations, front office management, food and beverage to housekeeping and property management, students gain experience in all aspects of running an hotel. The hotel itself becomes part of the classroom and the classroom part of the hotel. Since its foundation in 1991, BMIHMS has adopted the famous Swiss hotel school model of teaching and learning, which balances and integrates theoretical knowledge, practical training and professional and personal development. It's a model that has enjoyed much success with over 3,000 graduates in industry worldwide. In 2009, BMIHMS won the 'Tourism, Education & Training' category at the 'Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Awards of Excellence'. The school went onto win Gold in the same category at the Tourism NSW Awards. "The Gold Award is an outstanding achievement not only for the school but also faculty, staff, students and alumni," says CEO Guy Bentley. "To win gold demonstrates the Schools commitment to meet award criteria such as innovation, sustainability, academic rigour and building active relationships with the tourism industry." The excellence of the course is something students agree with, too. "I was given a very broad and deep understanding of hospitality and management at BMIHMS and have since worked in hotels, restaurants, event management and -- for the past five years -- running the interior of two very high profile luxury yachts," says Rebecca Laing, Chief Stewardess of the S/Y Maltese Falcon. "My work on yachts has been influenced by the practical experience and theoretical knowledge gained at college. BMIHMS also opened up a great network of hospitality professionals." Sonja Vodusek, Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons, Prague agrees. "The education I received at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School was priceless, most importantly it gave me an excellent domestic and international network. The high calibre of teachers and the balance of both theory and practical education were outstanding." Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School conducts a number of Open Days throughout the year. For more information on your chance to experience what the school offers or for additional information, visit www.hotelschool.com.au or call +61 2 9437 0300. A centre of excellence by Melissa Humphrey Rebecca Laing, Chief Stewardess of the S/Y Maltese Falcon Sonja Vodusek, Hotel Manager at the Four Seasons, Prague Be prepared...
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