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Travel and tourism on the move to Graig

Coleg Sir Gâr’s travel and tourism courses are returning to the college’s Graig campus in Llanelli from this September.

Travel and tourism courses are offered from level one, which is entry level, to level three which is equivalent to three A-levels and widely accepted by universities.

The courses are tailored to industry and are very much industry focussed, working with local organisations such as Carmarthen Tourist Association and the tourism team at Carmarthenshire Council.

Learners are currently taking part in a council focus group, offering their opinions on future plans for the county and learning about the impact of Covid-19 and how it might affect and develop the future of tourism.

Covid-19 has had an impact on industry visits but learners are still receiving insights from guest speakers online and they have taken part in a UWTSD live talk with the Institute of Hospitality.

All tourism courses are 100 percent assignment-based and many students have progressed to various roles and companies, including British Airways and Virgin.

Modules of study include marketing and promotion, rural tourism, UK and overseas tourism, customer services, attractions, the cruise industry, airports and long haul. Recent developments such as dark tourism, where opportunities arise from negative situations are also discussed.

This programme area delivers excellent results, with 100 percent of learners this year, progressing from level two to level three.

During the last academic year, five learners in the level three group received top marks with triple distinction grades and every other grade was above a merit. The level two group also celebrated with four distinctions, five merit grades and a pass.

Mags Walters, Coleg Sir Gâr travel and tourism lecturer said: “The travel and tourism department is a dynamic, fun and friendly environment, we are very enthusiastic and encouraging towards our students and we are looking  forward to welcoming students in September."

Travel and tourism student Joanie Moor added: “I’ve always had a passion to travel and I have wanted to work in the industry.

"This course has significantly improved my knowledge and understanding, making me even more excited for the endless possibilities and opportunities I can pursue in the future in the travel and tourism industry.

“I also feel as if I have settled in well since joining the course and the teachers have made me feel very welcome as well as all my classmates who have now become my good friends. I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of this course brings as it has already been amazing.”

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