Business & ICT – Travel & Tourism

Why is the study of Travel & Tourism important?

The travel and tourism sector is the UK’s third-largest employer, accounting for 9.5 per cent of total employment. Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK in employment terms, employing nearly 3 million people, and the value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately £121 billion (7.1 per cent) of UK GDP. In 2016, travel and tourism contributed 10.2 per cent of the world GDP, and the sector now supports 292 million people in employment – that’s one in ten jobs worldwide. The World Travel and Tourism Council’s latest annual research shows travel and tourism’s contribution to world GDP outpaced the global economy for the sixth consecutive year in 2016, rising to a total of 10.2 per cent of world GDP (US $7.6 trillion). The outlook for the travel and tourism sector in 2017 remains robust and it will continue to be at the forefront of wealth and employment creation in the global economy.

What skills will the study of Travel & Tourism teach you?

The Award gives you the opportunity to develop sector -specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment

  • Skills such as researching different travel and tourism organisations, the features of tourist destinations , and the products and services available to meet the needs of different customers
  • Areas that are considered to be very important in the travel and tourism sector, including how to develop tourism while respecting the environment and local communities

What will you know and understand from your study of Travel & Tourism?

You will develop:

  • Knowledge that underpins the effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector such as the appeal of different tourist destinations to different types of customer, and the factors that influence travel and tourism
  • How Travel and Tourism businesses work together in different tourism destinations

How does your study of Travel & Tourism support your study in other subjects?

Travel and Tourism, like a lot of other subjects, has many cross-curricular links. It can link with History and Geography – learning about other places and other Cultures. It also links with Maths as money is a key factor in the decisions made by businesses. Marketing in travel and tourism can also link with Art and Business because it is a very creative area in any travel and tourism business. Law links can be seen across the various strands as all businesses have to follow legislation, and this can vary according to what country the business is operating in. English is a key factor as written and verbal communication is key in any business. A main benefit to students in studying Travel and Tourism is that it can strengthen your skills across a wide and varied curriculum.

How can you deepen your understanding of Travel & Tourism?

Investigating the local business environment can always help. It is useful to examine travel agency businesses in the locality. Visits to and information from these sources will be particularly useful in developing your subject knowledge. Opportunities to hear from owners about how they started in this business area and the chance to speak with further enhance your knowledge of this exciting area. Research online and accessing local holiday magazines will also be beneficial to your study as this will help keep abreast of latest developments. The world is fast pacing and quick changing and it is because if us as people, that influence what businesses provide for us. Keep your eyes open, there is something new every day in this area of study.

How are you assessed in Travel & Tourism?

Internal assessment:

Components 1 and 3 are assessed through internal assessment. Internal assessment for these components has been designed to relate to achievement of application of the conceptual underpinning for the sector through realistic tasks and activities. This style of assessment promotes deep learning through ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice.

The components focus on:

  • The development of core knowledge and understanding of travel and tourism organisations, tourist destinations, and the needs of different travel and tourism customers
  • The development and application of skills such as researching types of tourist destination and holiday
  • Reflective practice through carrying out research on travel and tourism products and services to make recommendations to meet customer needs
  • The ability to apply knowledge and understanding of travel and tourism to a variety of contexts, including factors influencing tourism and the impact of tourism on a variety of destinations.

Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification.

External assessment:

There is one external assessment. Component 2: Global Influences on Travel and Tourism requires learners to apply their knowledge and understanding of the factors influencing tourism, the impact of tourism on destinations and destination management to travel and tourism contexts. This unit is worth 70 marks.

Key Assessment Objectives

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of the factors influencing travel and tourism organisations, destinations, visitors and the potential impacts of tourism on destinations

AO2: Demonstrate understanding of the factors influencing travel and tourism organisations, destinations, visitors, the potential impacts of tourism on destinations and sustainable tourism

AO3: Make connections between influencing factors on global travel and tourism, the potential impacts of tourism on destinations, and destination management

AO4: Analyse information to make recommendations on how to manage tourism in global destinations

How can Travel & Tourism support your future?

From Level 2 you may consider studying Travel & Tourism at A-level or through Level 3 qualifications. This also provides routes and links to degree options at university.

Job options

Jobs directly related to your study of Travel & Tourism include:

  • Holiday representative
  • Tour manager
  • Tourism officer
  • Tourist information centre manager
  • Travel agency manager

Jobs where your study of Travel & Tourism would be useful include:

  • Customer service manager
  • Event manager
  • Hotel manager
  • Marketing executive
  • Outdoor activities/education manager
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