Hello and welcome to the Travel & Tourism Department at Reigate College.
My name is Max Pearman and I’m the Head of Travel & Tourism. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the department in person at the beginning of the academic year, and in the meantime I’d like you to complete a series of tasks over the coming months in preparation for starting the course.
These tasks have all been designed for you to complete independently from home. Please throw yourself into them as you’ll be sharing what you’ve learnt when you start in September.
The tasks will be released here, in three phases (see table below) and should be completed by Choices Day on 1 September 2021. Please throw yourself into them and above all enjoy them!
Please note, some Course Leaders (for example for Music) may release their tasks earlier, as they may form part of the College’s audition process. If this applies to you, you’ll be notified separately.
New Starters Course Tasks and Activities
To be completed by
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Your answers to the tasks and activities below should be completed (via a Word document, PowerPoint Presentation or notebook) and brought with you on both Choices Day and at the beginning of the Autumn Term. You’ll then have the chance to discuss your findings with your teachers.
The UK Travel and Tourism industry is extremely important to the
UK Economy. There are many different influences on the industry and these
change continually in response to developments economically, socially and
politically around the world.
What is Tourism?
‘Tourism is the movement of people to countries outside their
usual environment for either personal or business reasons’ [United Nations
World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO)].
There are different types of tourism including:
For your first activity please find definitions for the three types of tourism above and provide an example for each category.
For example, domestic
tourism refers to someone travelling within their own country and staying away
from home for at least one night. An example may be a couple from London going
to Brighton to see their friend for the weekend.
Hint – Ensure
you state the place of origin and the
2: Research Skills
Presented below are two questions relating to the three areas of
Domestic, Inbound and Outbound Tourism.
Please answer each of these questions and then use your answers to create a short visual guide to UK Tourism in 2019. As part of the task, please create an infographic for each category of tourism, and use pie charts and graphs to help display your findings.
Now you’ve carried out some research and produced some findings from 2019 about the three kinds of Tourism (Domestic, Inbound Outbound), we’d like you to complete the following task.
The websites you looked at in order to complete the last tasks Visit Britain and Office for National Statistics publish statistics that are really important to the Travel and Tourism industry, for instance, statistics about:
Attractions (e.g. theme parks)
Operators (e.g. package holidays).
Why do you think these types of organisations need to keep up-to-date with statistics of this kind? Write an answer in approximately 150 words. You may find the following online article helpful for this task:
and tourism industry has been tremendously affected by the on-going coronavirus
Some of the
worst-hit travel sectors include the airline sector, accommodation sector, tour
operators and the visitor attractions sector.
sectors, which you became familiar with in the earlier tasks, are having to be
proactive about communication and update consumers on the situation.
Travel and Tourism industry begins to make some recovery with the re-opening of
selected visitor attractions, experts agree that in the future although the
experience will feel different, travel will eventually resume and be as
rewarding as ever.
TASK: Re-inventing tourism post
final task, we’d like you to create an e-poster
on re-inventing travel and tourism post COVID-19.
You’ll need to think about what recovery might look like for the tourism industry. Use a range of websites to read up on what the experts are saying. Will it be business as usual? Or a new world order? Here are four areas to get you started:
A shift to virtual tourism? And will this lead us to seek the authentic experience?
Green dividends and climate change. COVID-19 has helped delay climate change. Will this forced interruption to travel break habits and focus people’s spending away from long-term travel to other leisure activities that are less harmful to the planet?
Business tourism. With so many Zoom conferences, will a demand for business tourism fall sharply post COVID-19? Or will teams seek the face-to-face environment so they can identify better as a team? With more people working from home, and office space cut back, will meeting space be hired from hotels and conference centres?