Tourism students go behind the scenes at this year’s City of Culture.

Posted on 14th March 2017

As part of their first year International Tourism Management programme, students took part in a ‘behind the scenes’ visit to Hull, this year’s UK City of Culture, to see first-hand the investment and regeneration taking place to boost the region’s tourism.

Tourism students in York.
Tourism students in York.

City Tour Guide for Hull and East Yorkshire, Paul Schofield, who has been nominated for Visit England 2017’s Tourism Superstar award, showed them the highlights of the city and what Hull has to offer to its visitors. 

As part of a three-day visit to the area, students also had the chance to explore East Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Coast and heard from key speakers from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including: Meredith Trowsdale from Visit Hull and East Yorkshire; Ian Tempest, previously of City of York Council; and Simon Roe, English Heritage Site Manager at Scarborough Castle.   

Dr Maeve Marmion, Programme Leader for International Tourism Management at the University, said: “Yorkshire offers a fantastic mix of destinations, from the traditional English seaside town of Scarborough to the historic city of York and the 2017 City of Culture, Hull. We would like to thank the representatives from all the destinations who took time to talk to our students and share with them their wealth of experience”. 

Students were also inspired by hearing from former student Hannah Allen, who now works for the iconic venue of Scarborough Spa. Hannah, graduated from Chester in 2016 with a First Class BA (Hons) degree and was delighted to join the Spa after impressing staff there as part of her summer work and her work placement whilst at University. Hannah also arranged for Nick Taylor of Scarborough Borough Council to talk to the students, which added a valuable insight into the role of the local public sector in the town’s tourism planning. 

Hannah said: “It was great to share with the students how I got my job with Scarborough Spa and to help them with their university work. It was nice to see my tutors again and for them to see me in my new role. I love the Events and Administration Assistant job and have already been involved in some big events for the town.”