Short Haul Consultant, Orbit World Travel
Bachelor of International Hospitality Management in Tourism
Each day brings new experiences and challenges, says AUT hospitality and tourism alumna Leah De Luca who now works at Orbit World Travel.
“I’m responsible for booking and managing corporate travel for a select client base. We’re the support system for our clients – if they run into any issues during their travel we can fix it for them.
“I love having a regular and consistent client base with whom I have developed a close working relationship, and I take pride in the service I can offer them.”
Leah’s dedication to her clients has certainly been recognised – she was named Orbit World Travel’s 2018 Corporate Rookie of the Year.
“This recognition put me forward for the Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) national Rookie of the Year Award for 2019, which I won after a rigorous voting process. It made me extremely proud to be recognised on a national level for a job I had been in for just two years.”
Deciding to study at AUT was easy for Leah.
“I knew that I wanted to work in the hospitality and tourism industry, and AUT had the best programme on offer that would support this goal.”
She had many highlights throughout her time at university, Leah says.
“A personal highlight for me was how the degree explored beyond what I had anticipated would be part of the curriculum, often challenging my perceptions of the tourism industry and forcing me to shift my line of thinking.
“I was also proud to be one of a select few students chosen to attend Ryerson University in Toronto as part of AUT’s student exchange programme.”
Advice for other students
Leah, who graduated from AUT at the end of 2017, has some great advice for other students.
“My advice is to keep it simple – figure out what you’re passionate about, and let that drive you.”
The jobs people are going into in the next ten years may not even be created yet, she adds.
“In a world where technology is changing our lives so quickly, we need to learn how to adapt our thinking as new developments are made. I believe that the dynamism of AUT’s teaching allows students to learn how to adapt in ways other universities don’t.”