Graduate opportunities to be discussed at tourism conference

Graduate opportunities to be discussed at tourism conference

Travel recruiters will be able to meet tourism academics to discuss the future skills needed for graduates in travel and tourism industry.

ABTA, The Tourism Society and the Institute of Travel and Tourism are co-hosting the two Tourism Academics and Employers Conferences 2009 which will allow the  groups to discuss the future of the sector and what skills employers need.

The keynote speaker at the events is VisitBritain, head of government and public affairs, Bernard Donoghue at who will talk about the future of UK tourism and the opportunities despite the global credit crunch.

ABTA's education liaison executive Vicki Wolf said: "Despite tighter budget restrictions this year, there are still employment opportunities for tourism graduates, as long as their skills fit. These events can help the industry get the recruits they want."

Professor Rhodri Thomas, ITT Professor of Tourism and Events Policy UK Centre for Events Management Leeds Metropolitan University said: "These conferences provide an invaluable opportunity for a genuine exchange of knowledge between academics and practitioners. The spirit of partnership is evident and very productive."

This year's conferences will be held on 18 March at Leeds Metropolitan University and 1 June at the Strand Palace Hotel in London and have the theme: "Overcoming Employment Challenges in Tourism". To book your place contact Vicki Wolf on or Flo Powell on


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