15 January

Tourism Students jet off to Malaysia from Cardiff

A group of 20 students and tutors from University of Wales Trinity St David have today embarked on a ten day field trip to Malaysia, benefiting from Qatar Airways’ regular flights to the Middle East.

The group, which includes Masters, MBA and final year undergraduate students undertaking business and international travel and tourism qualifications, took off from Wales’ national airport this morning, bound for Doha, and will connect onwards to Kuala Lumpur to embark on their exciting itinerary.

The Qatar Airways service from Cardiff offers customers across Wales and the South West a gateway to the world, with access to 160 onward connections via its airport hub at Hamad International Airport in Doha.

On arrival in Kuala Lumpur, the students will visit University of Wales Trinity St David’s sister university – the International University of Malaya Wales and a wealth of cultural and tourist landmarks across Malaysia, before heading to Singapore to experience the airport customer journey, explore the city and the Harry Potter attraction.

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, added: “It’s my pleasure to welcome the group this morning. The Qatar Airways service has created so many new opportunities for our customers to access destinations worldwide, and also reaffirms Cardiff Airport’s position as a key gateway to the UK for international visitors.

“Regular flights to and from the Middle East are also ideal for our growing international student population, and today’s field trip is an excellent example of the ways in which it also enriches the learning experience for students attending university in our region. I wish the group every success and an enjoyable and memorable field trip.”

Jacqui Jones, Programme Director for International Travel, Tourism & Leisure Management at University of Wales Trinity St David, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Cardiff Airport. The development of International links with Qatar Airways will make our journey to Malaysia and Singapore so much easier and is an exciting development for Tourism in Wales.

“The trip is an excellent opportunity for the students to experience first-hand the importance of travel & tourism in Malaysia as well as giving us the opportunity to fly home from Singapore. The students are all excited to fly on the new route from Cardiff.”