On Monday morning Tourism St Andrews played host to Glenrothes High School Tourism and Travel S6 students . It was a packed itinerary of local businesses talking about tourism and their businesses and a World Host training workshop.
The students were brought to the St Salvatores Quad and there was an inspiring introduction from Charlotte Andrew the President of the Students Association. A fabulous Ambassador for St Andrews Charlotte enthused the students with stories of her time at the University of St Andrews and the special place it is to study and work and visit.
This was followed by an informative chat from Marianne MacKinnon , from the University with focus on the Summer months when the University accommodation becomes available to visitors, Summer schools and conferences alike. Judy Chance from the Golf Museum entertained with stories of famous golfers and filmstars popping in to the British Golf Museum.
Debbie MacCallum Tourism St Andrews challenged them with an informative quiz about the World class tourism destination St Andrews. The prizes were kindly donated by the Hamish Foundation.
Debbie said, “Tourism St Andrews are delighted to be involved. We need our local students to want a career in tourism and see the opportunities that are available. It is so important for the Fife and Scottish economy.”
The morning ended on a high with Owen Hazel from Janettas providing the ice cream and a highly entertaining talk on how we are all involved in tourism even indirectly through the supply chain for his ice cream, the cows in the field, the packaging, the ingredient suppliers. Successful tourism impacts all the way back down the line. It was also interesting for the Students to hear about this 5th generation family business with its 56 ice cream flavours and the career opportunities.
A taste of the World Host Training scheme gave the students the opportunity to experience at first hand the standard of customer service St Andrews and Fife businesses aim for. Lynn Cockburn their teacher from Glenrothes High School was delighted with the access the students had, “I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for all your help and support. The presentations and workshops were brilliant and today’s experience was so valuable for our young people, as it gave them a real insight into the Travel and Tourism industry and the tangible links that are available within both St Andrews, Fife and Scotland. It was great to make contact with you all and I look forward to working with you all in the future and that the connections we have made today will lead to our young people into a sustained career in the Travel and Tourism sector.””