About Tourism Insight
The national need to promote the sector has been a discussion as part of recent policy drivers, including:
- People, Place & Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025
- The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Statement of Activity 2014
- Assessment of Future Skills requirements in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland
- Irelands National Skills Strategy 2025
- Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.
Policy Proposal 2.1.6 of People, Place & Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025 has as a stated aim to encourage tourism education options at second level.
There is a strong need to present the industry as one which offers serious career options with good career prospects and transferable skills.
A structured approach, such as Tourism Insight, allows for clear collaboration and outcomes for the first time that involve state, education and industry in a national effort to inform Transition Year students and other learners about the tourism sector and to present the tourism sector as a career choice.
Representing strong collaboration across the industry Tourism Insights was created by Natasha Kinsella, ex CEO of the Irish Hospitality Institute, now Regional Skills Manager Dublin, and Mary Rose Stafford, Institute of Technology Tralee, with the support of major tourism industry stakeholders, including the Irish Hospitality Institute, the Department of Tourism, the National Tourism Development Authority- Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, The Irish Hotels Federation, Restaurants Association of Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, Foras Na Gaeilge, IBEC and most importantly major employers in the industry– Compass, Conrad Hotel, The Doyle Collection, Dalata Hotel Group, The Gleneagle Hotel Group, Irish Travel Agents Association, Jurys Inn Group, TravelPort, The Lee Hotel Group, PREM Group and Muckross House. See partner page for contact details.
This interactive programme, is split into six units that can be completed in school as part of a career guidance class or at home in your own time. Featuring interactive tutorials and interviews with young people working in tourism in Ireland, Tourism Insight gives a comprehensive introduction to the industry and its landscape. You will learn all about this exciting business, what it means to the country, what’s going on in the tourism industry in your region, and you’ll find out how tourism is promoted around the world why tourists come here and what they really love about their visit. At an international level the schools can participate in GTTP global competitions (Travel Photo, Writing or Research Essay) to represent Ireland on the world stage. An Irish unit will also begin development to specifically illustrate the importance of the Irish Language experience.