For the 2nd year ITMC students, the last few weeks have been all about the fieldwork to Bali. Since the start of the second semester in February all courses have been leading up to the destination analyses that we have to hand in a couple of weeks after getting back to The Netherlands. In these courses we have already been thinking about our research questions, gathering as much secondary information as possible about Bali and more specific about the area that we’ve have been assigned to.
The first shift of students travelled to Singapore at on March 11th and the second shift will follow only one week after. Teachers of the ITMC department are travelling with us to Bali to give us the extra support we need to do a good destination analyses.
A 12 hour flight took us to Singapore where we spent 3,5 days. During this time we visited some interesting sights and attractions that make Singapore as special as it is. We not only explored the city but we also attended a couple of seminars that gave us a unique look behind the scenes of Singapore. We are glad that the people at for example the Suntec Convention centre and Millennium & Copthorne (international hotel marketing and management organisation) could make time for us!
For shift 1, the fieldwork will continue to Bali today where we will land in Denpasar, Bali. Here again the NHTV arranged some meetings with people that will show us the ins and outs of the tourism sector on Bali.
After 2 days of a guided programme, the students will be off to their research areas where they will collect information that will benefit their destination analyses. This could range from leaflets of the local shop owner to interviews with managers or people on the street. The destination analysis is a 360 degrees view on the tourism market on the micro, meso and macro level.
The last week students can spend their time at a destination of their choice, although within Indonesia. In that week they have to do an assignment as well.