At yesterday’s SKAL lunch… Paul Leigh, Eurovista Holidays; Mike Hogan, Hogan and Associates; David Boyce, Mondo Travel At yesterday’s SKAL lunch… Paul Leigh, Eurovista Holidays; Mike Hogan, Hogan and Associates; David Boyce, Mondo Travel

‘Industry...can still do more together’

More consultation and work between the travel and tourism industries and educators is necessary to make real change in the teaching of the subject in schools – and in the perception people hold towards travel and tourism as a career path, the SKAL Auckland club heard yesterday.

 

Guest speaker Megan Roberts, tourism work integrated learning leader at Auckland University of Technology, says educators want to work closely with the industry. And she urges leading individuals and companies in the sector to investigate how they can play a part, rather than necessarily leaving it up to associations and government institutes to lead the way.

 

‘There are various ways you can do this – through work experience or work placement programmes, by being an industry speaker (at schools), providing opportunities for students to experience your product, and connecting with education providers.’ Roberts says young people often just need one ‘wow experience’ to decide they would like to work in travel and / or tourism. She told the SKAL lunch that when academics talk about the sector they use the word ‘tourism’ but this tends to encompass travel as well. ‘Educators don’t really determine between the two – rather than saying inbound and outbound.’ The SKAL lunch was held at Royal New Zealand Yacht Club yesterday.

 

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