VisitAr­ran of­fers help to tourism young­sters

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Auchen­harvie Academy stu­dents were the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of years of ex­pe­ri­ence and in­sight into Ar­ran’s tourism in­dus­try when VisitAr­ran vis­ited the or­gan­i­sa­tion as part of their Na­tional 4/5 Travel and Tourism course.

Send­ing out a plea for peo­ple within the in­dus­try to De­vel­op­ing the Young Work­force Ayr­shire, an or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ported by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, Sheila Gil­more, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of VisitAr­ran vol­un­teered her af­ter­noon to as­sist pupils with their manda­tory Travel and Tourism in Scot­land unit of the course.

Sheila started the les­son with a group quiz, test­ing what the class knew al­ready about Ar­ran be­fore giv­ing a de­tailed pre­sen­ta­tion about her par­tic­u­lar role, tourism on the is­land and the con­cept of des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment. Sheila brought an ar­ray of re­sources for the class to keep and re­fer to in com­ing months when they have to plan a hol­i­day in Scot­land for two for­eign vis­i­tors.

Sheila said: ‘I would rec­om­mend any busi­ness to think about com­ing in and talk­ing to our young peo­ple be­cause if we don’t en­gage with young peo­ple now, we can’t com­plain when they don’t get in­volved later.’

Class teacher Stu­art Sher­iffs added: ‘It was re­ally ben­e­fi­cial hav­ing Sheila in to­day as it re­ally con­tex­tu­alised the learn­ing we are cur­rently do­ing in class. By hav­ing some­one in from the in­dus­try, it makes the unit real and stu­dents can en­gage more pos­i­tively and have a bet­ter in­ter­ac­tion with it.’

VisitAr­ran, which pro­motes tourism on the is­land, is a des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion that, with lo­cal knowl­edge, ex­per­tise and re­sources, helps to im­ple­ment events, ac­tiv­i­ties, lo­cal ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­gramme lo­gis­tics.

In part­ner­ship with the Ar­ran Trust it works with busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to im­prove sus­tain­able prac­tices, pro­mote tourism, con­ser­va­tion and to safe­guard the fu­ture of Ar­ran.

Sheila Gil­more presents pupils at Auchen­harvie Academy with an in­sight into tourism gleaned from ex­pe­ri­ence gained from the tourism in­dus­try on Ar­ran and from VisitAr­ran.

Sheila ex­plains the con­cept of des­ti­na­tion man­age­ment to Travel and Tourism course stu­dents.

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