With just a few weeks left before they embark on new adventures into further education or employment, Level 3 Travel and Tourism students from Salisbury flew to the Greek island of Skiathos to test out the sunny European resort.
Seven students, currently studying their Cabin Crew unit, had the opportunity to fly from international airport Gatwick on a charter airline flight, enabling them to compare the facilities, service and experience with previous overseas trips where they have flown from smaller, regional airports.
The purpose of the four-night trip was for the training travel experts to experience a different country and culture to other breaks such as a beach resort in Majorca and a city break in Spain and for them to compare the destinations, what they offer and why they appeal to various clienteles.
Rebecca Crummack, Deputy Head of Department for Travel & Tourism said: “Our students visit three overseas destinations whilst studying with us at Wiltshire College and this gives them invaluable experience for their future careers in the travel industry.
“The students are involved in the itinerary planning, researching and booking resorts and visitor attractions giving them experience communicating with other cultures, working to a budget and critiquing customer service.
“All of this links to units taught including Responsible and Specialist Tourism, Travel Agency, Resort Rep and European Destinations.”
For this expedition, the students planned a visit to Koukanaries Beach, the most popular on the island for tourists.
They also spent a day exploring the town centre to experience some of the local culture, had a peek inside Museum Papadiamanti, a small two-storey building which was home to the famous Greek author, Alexandros Papadiamantis, and arranged a private boat trip to the island of Skopelos.
Ellie Duffy-Bell, 19, from Dinton said on behalf of the group: “We visited the most beautiful beaches and islands that are only accessible by boat including a beach which featured on the Mamma Mia film.
“The most amazing experience was learning how to snorkel and exploring the caves with sea life swimming around us.
“Our tour guide Stefanos and his dog Nini were fantastic hosts and helped make it an unforgettable trip!”
Each evening the students indulged in some traditional cuisine including souvlaki, moussaka and beef kleftika.
Cieran Smith, 19, from Salisbury said: “We all agreed this was one of the most memorable trips we have been on.
“Experiencing the Greek culture, the weather and the food all made it special and it will be something we will remember from our time on the Travel and Tourism course!”