Cardiff Met Wins Association of Tourism in Higher Education Globalisation Award

​09/12/2016

​MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management students on a field trip to Bulgaria

The University has been rewarded for its efforts in teaching globalisation on its tourism modules in its first year of entering the 'Making the Case' Awards scheme, held by the Association of Tourism in Higher Education (ATHE.)

The prestigious award scheme, sponsored by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), acknowledges the significant contribution that Cardiff Met's Welsh Centre for Tourism Research (WCTR) has made to the tourism industry.

The University's top conferencing facilities also means that the annual event, where the awards are given out, was hosted at the University and celebrated the impact that teaching, learning and research in tourism can have on wider society.  

Nicola Harrison, a recent graduate from the MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at Cardiff Met, also won Best Postgraduate Student at the awards.

The awards recognise excellence in building leadership and management capacity within the visitor economy and understanding global complexity through tourism.

The University's winning module 'Exploring Hospitality and Tourism', is a core module on the MSc in International Hospitality and Tourism Management (IHTM) course, and includes an international field study element.

Cardiff Met students spend one week being taught by and studying with the University's international partners who also run the same MSc at Varna University of Management, Bulgaria and City Unity College, Athens, Greece. Next year's field trip will be the University's third, when students will be hosted by City Unity College.  

Dr Caroline Ritchie, Reader in Hospitality, at the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research at Cardiff Met, said: "The benefit to the students involved in the international field study is immense.  Beyond the intercultural learning, some students in Bulgaria last year told us that the field study was the first time they had ever participated in learning outside a classroom environment."