The sector straddles all aspects of tourism and aviation from hotels and theme parks to airports and cruise ships. The UK is the eighth most popular destination for tourists in the world and the sector generates a colossal £9.6 billion for our economy a year, with 11 million people using Luton Airport alone.
London, as the epicentre of UK tourism, is right on our doorstop, so NHC students are well placed to find employment within its tourism services or five major airports. There are many progression opportunities in sub-sectors like transport, accommodation, tour operations and currency exchange available to people with outstanding customer service and communication skills.
Our tourism & aviation students are based at our Hitchin Campus.
Our tourism and aviation courses include lots of opportunities for you to get hands on experience of the world of work, including:
Work experience with businesses like TUI Group, Thomas Cook,
Ibis and Hilton Hotels
Trip and visits to Barcelona, Paris, Thorpe Park, Coca Cola and Sky TV
Engagement with guest speakers from businesses like Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, TUI Group, Hays Travel and Thorpe Park
Participation in Hays Travel Marketing Competition and placements in 5 star hotels through TUI Group and local travel agents.
NHC offers a range of courses designed to equip students with the skills needed to work within tourism and aviation. On our courses, you’ll be encouraged to choose a specific career pathway that suits you. Typical career pathways within this sector include:
Cabin crew: travel the world, meet new people and see exotic places in a fast-paced career as a flight attendant. In its simplest form, this role involves looking after the passengers’ needs during flights, from serving food, explaining emergency safety procedures or calming nerves. You’ll be the friendly, go-to face of the airline. Working hours can be anti-social and entail long periods far from home but the cultural benefits are out of this world.
Holiday representative: in this role, you’ll make sure that everything runs smoothly for groups of clients who are on package holidays at holiday resorts abroad. As the public face of the tour operator, you’ll be responsible for all customer service, from coordinating airport pick-ups, welcome talks, group excursions and activities, to handling complaints or helping to resolve emergencies like lost luggage or health problems.
Hospitality and front of house: NHC courses could lead to a variety of roles working at hotels, cruise ships, holiday resorts, arenas, zoos or museums. You’ll ensure that all customers, tourists or guests have a pleasant experience. This could mean working on receptions, box offices or cash desks, overseeing ticketing and reservations, serving food and drinks, monitoring security or promoting and managing events. This is a varied role that could lead to a number of management opportunities.