Knockbeg College students Conor Stapleton and Michael ‘The King of the Ping’ Kennedy, both from Annanough, Vicarstown, spent six days in Nice recently to see how other countries promote tourism.
Accompanied by their teacher John Behan on the all-expenses paid trip. the students represented not just Knockbeg but Ireland at the global GTTP tourism conference, as winners of a nationwide competition for their case study on ‘Sustainability and technology used in Irish tourism today’.
The trip was sponsored by multinational companies ranging from Hertz and Lufthansa to Starwood hotels and HRG.
There were also representatives from Canada, Russia, Hungary, South Africa, Jamaica, England, Brazil, China, Hong Kong and Kenya, who with the Knockbeg boys each presented interesting slide shows of their own case studies.
The lucky trio stayed at the luxury 4 star Le Meridien hotel in Nice.
In the mornings they explored the cultural city and by evening dined out in fine restaurants.
On Sunday, the group of 33 students and teachers travelled to the wealthy city state of Monaco where, not only did they experience the sheer luxury of their surroundings, but also explored the historical and cultural aspects of the area.
Tuesday evening’s formal dinner was to mark the end of this amazing adventure.
The dinner was attended by the presidents of the sponsor companies and a certificate was awarded to each student and teacher afterwards recognising the work and effort put into their case studies.
The trip, the new cultures experienced and the memories made will be something that the students say they will never forget.