Last week, 26 June 2014, we held an event in ABTA’s offices which was designed specifically for travel and tourism lecturers and teachers. The event was a sell-out and the aim of the day was to provide an opportunity to hear the latest developments in ABTA and the wider travel industry, as well as highlighting training resources available for students.
The seminar involved representatives from ABTA’s senior management team, as well as, a variety of travel industry specialists including the ABTA and Sunvil Holidays’ chairman Noel Josephides, Sustainable Destinations Manager, Joanne Hendrickx from Thomas Cook and the Resourcing Manager – Head Office, Matthew Creswell from TUI UK & Ireland. The event was moderated by ABTA’s Business Development Manager, Vicki Wolf and the presentations from the day focused on a variety of elements including, sustainable tourism, public affairs and public relations.
As part of the programme we also had a panel discussion which explored the question – what are the business requirements when looking for new industry talent? This was a particularly interesting session as industry representatives highlighted what they look for in recruiting graduates into the industry. Key to this were interview techniques, accuracy with spelling and grammar and being able to show examples of the experience they have in the travel industry, as well as, an entrepreneurial and innovative way of working.
All in all it was a good event, and provided a great opportunity to meet and network with the lecturers and teachers who are teaching the next generation of the travel industry.
We plan to hold another All About ABTA in 2015 and details of this will be made available early next year.