As part of ABTA’s ongoing work to create meaningful connections between universities and colleges, their students, and the travel industry, ABTA has set up a new initiative inviting each of our Education Partners to put forward an “ABTA Regional Student Representative” with a passion for the travel and tourism industry.
Each ABTA Regional Student Representative will have regular contact with ABTA’s Head Office team and be partnered with a local ABTA Member, allowing them to gain valuable insight into the inner workings of the industry from experienced tourism professionals and act as a key point of contact between their education provider and the travel industry.
As well as receiving training about ABTA and attending ABTA regional meetings to hear about the key issues facing the industry, they will also be tasked with making sure their fellow students are aware of volunteering, placement or employment opportunities with ABTA Members, and that their institution’s career days and guest lecture opportunities are promoted to ABTA Members in their region.
ABTA Regional Student Representatives will also take part in facilitated discussions about their course content with their local ABTA Member, to build understanding between their university or college and the needs of local travel businesses and to ensure that the skills and knowledge they are developing matches up with the changing needs of the travel sector.
We are immensely grateful to our Education Partners and our ABTA Regional Members for working with us to launch this new initiative. If any ABTA Members are interested in working with students in their region, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our newly appointed ABTA Regional Student Representatives below:
Lily Brown, Lincoln University – partnered with ABTA Member Dave Pope, Not Just Travel
“Hello, my name is Lily Brown. I am currently a final year undergraduate student studying BSc Events Management at the University of Lincoln. The University of Lincoln is one of ABTA’s Educational Partners, so this is how I first became familiar with the exclusive opportunities offered by ABTA. Last year, I was a shortlisted candidate for ABTA’s 2020 internship, however, due to the pandemic, it was not possible for it to go ahead. Nevertheless, ABTA introduced the new role of ABTA Regional Student Representative. Of course I applied; it is a great opportunity to enhance my travel industry knowledge, gain new connections with fellow student representatives and learn from industry experts.”
Alisha Cesa, Lincoln University – partnered with ABTA Member Dave Pope, Not Just Travel
“My name is Alisha Cesa and I am currently in my first year studying BA International Tourism Management at the University of Lincoln. Travel and tourism are something I’ve been passionate about since I was 16 and studied it from GCSE to now. Before coming to the University of Lincoln I worked in the industry mainly as a travel agent for four years, so I experienced a general understanding of ABTA from a working perspective. I applied to be the Regional Student Representative to delve more into ABTA and learn about different aspects of the tourism industry as I love travelling.”
Jack Rose, Bournemouth University – partnered with ABTA Member Andrew Baldwin, Carnival Group
“Hi, I’m Jack, I am currently studying in my second year at Bournemouth University for my undergraduate degree in Tourism Management. I applied to be an ABTA Regional Student Representative to put myself out there within the tourism industry and apply both the knowledge and skills I’ve learnt on my course in a practical setting, specifically by having the opportunity to explain more about the course and skills I have as it helps to develop to improve awareness. Tourism Management is more niche compared to other university courses therefore ABTA Members (potential employers for many graduates) may be unaware of the specifics of the course and what a student/graduate could bring studying tourism. Furthermore, being in the position to promote to students ABTA guest lectures and placement opportunities that may arise is valuable since opportunities after graduation are extremely competitive."
Susanne Martin, University of Derby – partnered with ABTA Member Sue Foxall, Kinver Travel
“My name is Susanne Martin and I am a second year International Tourism Management student at the University of Derby. Being an ABTA student representative is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable industry insights that I can use in my future career. It enables me to develop essential communication skills by liaising between ABTA and the University of Derby, as well as commercial awareness by attending ABTA meetings and learning about the latest industry news. In addition, it is a great networking opportunity and makes sure that students are involved in important discussions concerning the future of the tourism industry."
Rosvaldas Povilionis, University of Derby – partnered with ABTA Member Sue Foxall, Kinver Travel
“My name is Rosvaldas Povilionis. I am a third year International Tourism Management student at the University of Derby. I always say that travelling is the best educational activity that exists. Therefore, I am proud to be part of such an important industry. Having an organisation like ABTA that makes travelling more enjoyable and ethical is extremely important for the tourism industry. Consequently, when my University tutor suggested that I apply for an ABTA Student Representative, I did not have to think twice. Having an opportunity to join such an important organisation and the member community that ABTA has built is an invaluable experience. I firmly believe that this opportunity will help me to develop my commercial awareness and learn even more about this incredible industry. I am looking forward to working with experienced tourism professionals and applying the knowledge I will gain throughout this initiative in my future career.”
Ellie Ray, University of Hertfordshire – partnered with ABTA Member Daniele Broccoli, Britaly Travel/Typically Holidays
“My name is Ellie Ray and I am a final year student studying Tourism Management at the University of Hertfordshire. I applied to be the ABTA Regional Student Representative as I have thoroughly enjoyed my course and feel it is important to share it with industry professionals, so they can gauge the types of skills and knowledge graduates will be coming away with. I feel very passionately about the travel industry and wanted the opportunity to take away valuable interactions and knowledge from ABTA members to share with the university in order to enhance the teaching further.”
Caitlin Allcock, Leeds Beckett University – partnered with ABTA Member Katie Rankin – Jet2
“My name is Caitlin Allcock, and I am currently in my final year at Leeds Beckett University studying BA (Hons) International Tourism Management. I applied to be the ABTA Regional Student Representative in the hope of undertaking professional development and enhance skills especially in terms of communication, liaison, working in partnership with others and influencing decision making processes. I aim to deliver a concrete platform which collates and communicates the views of all students to bring about positive changes for you!”
Charlotte Brook, University of Surrey – partnered with ABTA Member Giles Hawke and Gemma Garvey, Cosmos
“Hello! My name is Charlotte Brook and I am a final year International Tourism Management student at the University of Surrey. Due to my ever-growing passion and curiosity for the tourism industry, I automatically wanted to get involved and become an ABTA Regional Student Representative. I was ecstatic when I received the position! I am always open to new opportunities, so am looking forward to learning from industry leaders, receiving social media training, and building key contacts for the future. Finally, I am excited to assist in developing a lasting dialogue between ABTA members and students from the University of Surrey.”
Sofia Mayr, University of Surrey – partnered with ABTA Member Giles Hawke and Gemma Garvey, Cosmos
“My name is Sofia Mayr and I come from Italy! I am a second-year student at the University of Surrey, studying International Hospitality and Tourism Management. I applied to be the ABTA student representative because I wanted to be part of this great collaboration between the University and such an important organisation. It is a great opportunity to get some industry insight into the UK’s largest travel association while studying tourism and it will help me develop some important skills like time management, creative thinking and teamwork.”
Laura Yildiz, University of Wales Trinity Saint David – partnered with ABTA Member Helen Tustin, Wellbeing Travel
“I am currently a second year International Travel and Tourism Management mature student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. As someone keen to continuously learn and develop my knowledge and skills within the sector, having the opportunity to work with, and represent industry experts ABTA is an honour that will benefit my development immensely. Working together to strengthen relationships between Travel and Tourism students and ABTA members will allow me to gain a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge to further develop vital key skills important for the industry. To be selected as one of the first ABTA Regional Student Representatives is an absolute privilege, and I am excited to meet all the ABTA team and get started on this amazing opportunity.”
Adi Boran, University of Wales Trinity Saint David – partnered with ABTA Member Helen Tustin, Wellbeing Travel
"I am currently studying at level 5 in International Travel and Tourism Management at University of Wales Trinity Saint David as a mature student. Since I started university, I have always been keen to undertake as many experiences as I can and being presented with the opportunity to work alongside ABTA as a regional representative is something that will benefit me greatly for my future within the tourism industry. Developing my skills and knowledge is vital in order for me to grow and succeed in the industry, which is something I feel that working with ABTA would allow me to achieve. I am thrilled to be selected for this opportunity to represent ABTA and I am very excited to meet the team and get involved in all the responsibilities as part of my role."