Tourism Society confirms ongoing sponsorship of Association for Tourism in Higher Education awards

Friday December 09, 2016

Hayley Beer-Gamage, Chairman of the Tourism Society, presented two awards for Leadership in the Visitor Economy at the Association for Tourism in Higher Education’s (ATHE) conference, held at Cardiff Metropolitan University on December 9th.

The awards are sponsored by the Tourism Society and were presented to Dr Jane Ali-Knight of Edinburgh Napier University and Dr Sheena Carlisle of Cardiff Metropolitan University, for their work in teaching and research.

Picking up her award, Dr Ali-Knight said: "The award recognises the hard work we’ve put into developing [the Destination Leaders Programme]. We’re delighted with the outcomes of the DLP and … think that the programme has an important role in developing a key sector of the Scottish economy." The DLP is funded by Scottish Enterprise.

Dr Carlisle commented: “The Co-operation for Leadership in Tourism team are very happy to receive this award which recognises best practice and innovation for the best project in Leadership in the visitor economy. We look forward to promoting the new PM4SD training package with new online learning materials.“

Confirming that the Tourism Society would continue its sponsorship of the awards in future years, Beer-Gamage said: “The ATHE works hard to ensure that tourism remains a valuable subject choice at all levels of Higher Education. It is extremely important that academia and industry work together to inspire and develop the next generation. The Tourism Society is proud to support the ATHE’s work through our sponsorship of their awards and I look forward to further developing the relationship between our two organisations over the coming years.”

Karen Soulby, Chair of the ATHE, acknowledged the Tourism Society’s support, commenting: “Having the Tourism Society sponsor our 'Making the case for tourism' awards is crucial to the Association for Tourism in Higher Education.  It is so important that Universities and businesses talk to each other and having Hayley present ensured that we develop that two-way conversation.“

Hayley Beer-Gamage FTS (left) with Dr Jane Ali-Knight     Dr Sheena Carlisle with Hayley Beer-Gamage FTS

About the Association for Tourism in Higher Education
The Association for Tourism in Higher Education is the subject association for tourism in higher education in the UK. Its objectives include promoting the development and recognition of tourism as a subject of study in the UK at foundation degree, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, and encouraging high standards in learning, teaching and research. To this end, it works with other bodies concerned with higher education in the UK such as the Quality Assurance Agency and the Higher Education Academy; it is a Learned Society of the Academy for the Social Sciences.