The 27th of September sees the world mark World Tourism Day, celebrating the various benefits of the tourism industry and how it has evolved over time.

Research from the United Nations tells us that the tourism industry employs one in every ten people on Earth, providing livelihoods to hundreds of millions more. International tourism saw a strong rebound in the first five months of 2022, with almost 250 million international arrivals recorded. This means the sector has recovered almost half of its pre-pandemic levels.

Bury College's Travel and Tourism course allow students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of the sector whilst also developing key skills that prepare them for future employment.

We caught up with a couple of former students who are now thriving in different roles across the industry.

Sophie Mills-Jones, 21, now works at Tui and the former Bury Church of England High School pupil spoke about her exciting career: “As soon as I left College, I worked for Eurocamp over the summer. This was a great opportunity to open new doors and lead me into the travel and tourism industry. It helped me gain confidence and allowed me to meet different people from around the world. I loved every minute of it.”

Ketan Parmar, 21, went to university after studying Travel and Tourism at Bury College between 2017 and 2019. The former Turton High School pupil now works at and also thriving in employment. Ketan said: “Since finishing College, I went on to study Airline and Airport Management at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating with a 2:1! In April of this year, I started my Cabin Crew training with and started flying fully in early May. It has been one of the busiest summers by far with everyone wanting to travel again, but I have loved every second of it!”

To find out more information on our career-enhancing Travel and Tourism courses and how they are preparing the employees of the future, click here: