New course on "fascinating" aspect of tourism

23rd August 2010 3:13pm - Return to press releases

Photo. Student working in the New Horizons travel agency.JPGTravel students at East Riding College will from September be able to learn about the importance of a tourism industry which does not harm the environment.
The NCFE Level Two Certificate in Sustainable Tourism looks at how this global industry has caused irreparable damage to landscapes as some countries put tourist income above the welfare of the planet.
Taught as an additional qualification for students on the College's two full-time travel and tourism courses, it aims to equip the industry's workers of the future with an understanding of the importance of sustainability.

Tutor Teresa Colman said: "This qualification is a fascinating addition to the curriculum and looks at an aspect of the industry which is growing all the time.
"As in other industries, it's essential the travel and tourism workers of the future - whether they're tour guides, travel agency staff or working in a managerial capacity - are aware of the potential consequences of their actions.
"The course looks at everything from the development of worldwide tourism, to managing the effects of it and what sustainable tourism means at home and abroad, and I'm sure our students will really benefit from the wider understanding it will give them."

The addition of the sustainable tourism qualification comes as the College introduces travel and tourism qualifications at its campus in Gallows Lane, Beverley, for the first time. The qualifications have traditionally been offered at the campus in St Mary's Walk, Bridlington, where there is a working travel agency called New Horizons, but the College has decided to offer them at Beverley as a result of their popularity.
The courses include one at level two, which is the equivalent to GCSEs at grade A* to C, and a two-year course at level three, the equivalent of A-levels.
For more information about travel and tourism, or any other courses at East Riding College, visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.

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Photographs of travel and tourism students are available. For more information, call Matthew Croshaw, marketing and communications manager, on 01482 306612 or email matthew.croshaw@eastridingcollege.ac.uk