Chil­dren get in­sight into tourism in­dus­try ca­reer

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY BEN HENDRY

Chil­dren are be­ing en­cour­aged to pur­sue a ca­reer in tourism as part of a project high­light­ing what Mo­ray of­fers to vis­i­tors.

The scheme has been cel­e­brated at an event at Milne’s High School in Fochabers, which brought to­gether am­bas­sadors from the re­gion’s at­trac­tions.

Man­ager at Mo­ray Spey­side Tourism, Laurie Piper, said one po­ten­tial perk of the ini­tia­tive would be en­cour­ag­ing young­sters to re­main in Mo­ray to fol­low their ca­reer. He said: “The project isn’t just about mak­ing sure that pupils study­ing tourism have ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion to learn from, it’s about show­ing young peo­ple that they can have a sus­tain­able, re­ward­ing and ca­reer in tourism here.

“Hope­fully at least some of the young peo­ple will de­cide to live and work here in Mo­ray, help­ing the in­dus­try to flour­ish.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Gor­don Cas­tle at Fochabers, Aber­lour’s Dowans Ho­tel, the Sta­tion Ho­tel in Rothes, the Scot­tish Dol­phin Cen­tre at Spey Bay, the Craigel­lachie Ho­tel and Mo­ray Firth Tours all shared words of wis­dom with pupils.

And they are plan­ning to carry out sim­i­lar pre­sen­ta­tions at other schools across the area.

Ear­lier this year, staff from VisitS­cot­land and Mo­ray Spey­side Tourism worked with a group of S3 pupils at Milne’s High School. Milne’s ge­og­ra­phy teacher, Stu­art Kennedy, added: “As teach­ers with­out the di­rect ex­pe­ri­ence of the travel and tourism sec­tor, we have ben­e­fited from the in­put of the peo­ple who know best; those work­ing within the in­dus­try.”

PAST AND PRESENT: Pupil Abby Wat­son holds a model dol­phin skull from a tourism at­trac­tion, along­side project sup­port­ers Jen­nifer Kelly, Sarah Bax­ter, Cameron Young, David Ross, Laurie Piper, Jo Robin­son and Ali­son Rose

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