Don't Axe Tourism GCSE

Monday June 02, 2014


TourIsm Society Plea to Education Secretary

Reports that Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is considering a ‘cull’ of perceived GCSE soft subjects has been greeted with dismay by The Tourism Society, a trade body of over 1,000 travel industry professionals.

Speaking at the Tourism Symposium at the International Festival for Business in Liverpool, Sandra Matthews-Marsh, Chairman of the Tourism Society said: “ Tourism is one of Britain’s most successful industries generating billions of pounds to the economy annually. Furthermore, it offers employment opportunities for young people seeking a career in a sector that provides potential for real growth and development.

“Over seven thousand students are taking GCSE Leisure & Tourism this Summer and employers in the industry regard the qualification as a plus when considering job applications. The Tourism Society urges Michael Gove to consider these factors when reviewing the situation with exams watchdog OFQUAL,” she added.

A Tourism Society Think Tank paper on arts and culture tourism growth will be revealed at The Tourism Symposium tomorrow (3 June).