Queensland theme parks benefit from Confucius’ training programme

22 February 2016

The University of Queensland’s Confucius Institute in conjunction with Warner Bros. Movie World (part of the Village Roadshow Theme Parks Group) and Saint Stephen’s College in Coomera, have begun 12 weeks of intensive Chinese language and culture training for their employees. The courses are divided into two streams – Basic Mandarin Language and Culture, and Business Etiquette.

The two courses began this year on the 22nd of February and involved employees and management across the Group’s portfolio of theme parks. Village Road Show operates well-known theme parks across the Gold Coast, Australia and overseas. For example, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast, Australian Outback Spectacular, and Paradise Country.

Throughout the duration of the course, participants will receive language and culture training specific to their duties at each theme park. Interactive lessons have also been developed to enhance the learning experience.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland provided support for this programme and has worked closely with Saint Stephen’s College where the courses are being delivered. Last week, a representative from the Institute gave the opening address to participants of the Business Etiquette course on the Gold Coast.

The Institute seeks to support the learning of the Chinese language and culture at UQ and the broader community, offering corporate services upon request to cater for specific interests and focus areas. Given the hundreds of thousands of Mandarin speaking tourists who visit Queensland each year, the Institute is proud to be part of this initiative which supports the local tourism industry.