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Vivek Bhatia

Hospitality Tutor



Vivek was born in the India. When he left school, he started work as a barman. During these years, he met many interesting people and realised he wanted to pursue a career in hospitality and tourism.


Vivek completed a BSc in Hospitality Management & Tourism, which taught him many practical things that he has used throughout his working career. In 2011, he started an MBA in Marketing from Leeds University (UK) and graduated with a First-Class Honours degree, one of his proudest achievements.


After university, Vivek went travelling as he wanted to see the world and wanted to experience many different types of hospitality.


On arriving in New Zealand, he enrolled for a Graduate Diploma in Hospitality and started work in the hospitality industry.  Vivek now works at Marsden and Skills Update as a hospitality tutor.

Where are you from?



What are the things you like most about your home country?

There's a saying in India, "Athithi Devo Bhava", which means "the guest is God". Indians consider it a huge honour to have guests in their home and go out of their way to please them. There's nothing like Indian hospitality.


What are your three most favourite books?

Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Called Hospitality.


Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business.


I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence.


What sports teams do you support?

The Indian Cricket Team.


How do you spend your free time?

By spending time with friends and family.


What is your favourite music?

Folk, jazz, and blues.


What famous person do you most admire and why?

I must admit that I really admire Jamie Oliver the most because he educates people on how to eat properly. At just 36, he's had countless cooking shows, had released 16 cookbooks, opened restaurants that employ people down on their luck and started a food revolution to bring back healthy eating.


How would your friends describe you?

My best friend since preschool, Nikhil, would say that I’m a detailed-oriented, team player.



+64 9 257 1846


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