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The Best Leisure, Travel and Tourism Information in one place!

All the best sites for leisure, travel, tourism, hospitality and related areas.

To make it easy for you we have included a brief description of each of these sites and the type of course it may be useful for, including, GCSE, BTEC AS/A Level, Degree or equivalent.

Website (for tourism and related)

Description (and level)

BBC Learning


Links to help with Business, Economics, Travel and ICT (also covers other subjects).  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level)



Great revision notes, quizzes and presentations for business and stuff that is useful for leisure and tourism.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

National Statistics


Official UK government statistics on everything from employment to health to leisure activities to the economy.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

BBC business news


Excellent site for bite-sized, up to date business news on the leisure and travel industries and more.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Statistics on Tourism & Research



Excellent UK industry website giving facts and figures on UK travel and tourism.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Department for Culture, Media & Sport


Government Department for Culture Media and Sport – facts figures and information.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Visit Britain



The official site for the promotion of Britain as a tourist destination.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Institute of Leisure Management


The Institute of Leisure Management website representing the UK leisure industry.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)




Find a map or directions to and from anywhere in the UK, Europe or beyond.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)




Information on the whole of the UK including marketing research from ACORN - A Classification of Residential Neighbourhoods.  (GCSE, BTEC, A Level, Degree)




General business education website with resources for business, leisure and tourism.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

The Times 100



Excellent case studies and revision notes brought to you by ‘The Times’.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

European Union


Official European Union website (in a number of languages!) – comprehensive information on all aspects of the EU.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Department for Trade and Industry


Government Department for Trade and Industry website – useful for business information and laws.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

The Guardian


Online newspaper with excellent archive search facility – regarded as politically ‘centre-left’.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Virtual Training Suite


Having trouble getting or sorting information from the internet?  This site gives you tips.  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

Keynote Reports



Keynote marketing reports - click on 'visitors' and then 'report gallery' to see free summaries (full reports free in most university libraries).  (BTEC, A Level, Degree)

... there is also a range of sites run by leisure, travel and tourism companies ...

... enjoy the research!












The travel and tourism industry is the world’s biggest and fastest growing industry and this

unit offers an understanding of it. Through the study of this unit you will have the

opportunity to:

_ investigate the reasons for the rapid growth in travel and tourism since the end of the

Second World War

_ learn that the UK travel and tourism industry is made up of a wide variety of commercial

and non-commercial organisations that interact to supply products and services to


_ learn about the present significance of the industry to the UK economy

_ investigate the wide ranging career opportunities available in the industry, so that you

can identify the employment opportunities that match your aspirations, skills and


The unit supports the more detailed study of the travel and tourism industry that you will

carry out through other parts of your Advanced VCE.

tourism cover the whole phenomenon of people travelling away from home, whether for

business or for leisure and the industry that supports this activity. To understand the structure

of the industry you need to know the main types of tourism:

_ domestic (UK residents taking trips or holidays in the UK)

_ inbound (overseas tourists visiting the UK)

_ outbound (UK residents taking holidays outside the UK).

You also need to know the main reasons why people travel,

_ leisure

_ business

_ visiting friends/relatives.

developments since the end of the Second World War. You need to understand the main

factors that have led to the growth of the travel and tourism industry including:

_ changing socio-economic circumstances (eg, increase in car ownership, increase in

leisure time and disposable income, for many people)

_ technological developments (eg, jet aircraft, computerised reservation systems)

_ product development and innovation (eg, introduction of holiday camps, package tours,

long-haul destinations)

_ changing consumer needs, expectations and fashions.

The travel and tourism industry is continually developing to meet changing consumer needs

and perceptions. The key features of today’s travel and tourism industry reflect the dynamic

nature of the industry. These features include:

_ it is predominantly private sector led

_ the majority of enterprises are small and medium-sized

_ there is extensive use of new technologies

_ it is vulnerable to external pressures (eg, currency fluctuation, government legislation,

climatic changes, war and civil unrest)

_ the positive and negative impact on host communities (eg, economic, social, environmental).




_ tourist attractions (eg, natural, built)

_ accommodation and catering (eg, serviced/self-catering)

_ tourism development and promotion (eg, tourist boards, tourist information, guiding


_ transportation (eg, land, sea, air)

_ travel agents, in terms of multiples, independents and functions and products

_ tour operations, in terms of mass market, specialist and domestic and incoming.

You also need to understand the differences between commercial and non-commercial

organisations in terms of:

_ defining and meeting objectives

_ funding or revenue generation

_ stakeholder or shareholder expectations.

the scale of the industry and its components. You can do this by investigating key industry

statistics such as:

_ consumer spending on travel and tourism in the UK

_ the number of people employed in the industry and the types of jobs

_ number of tourists coming into the UK

_ number of UK residents taking holidays in the UK (domestic tourists) and outside the

UK (outgoing tourists).

variety of enterprises of different sizes. As one of the fastest-growing sectors of the UK

economy, there is a wide range of job opportunities for people with the right skills,

knowledge and personal qualities.


To increase your knowledge of career opportunities in travel and tourism, you will need to


_ the range of employment opportunities (eg, variety of industry sectors, full-time, parttime,

temporary, permanent, seasonal)

_ the nature of employment (eg, unsocial hours, a ‘people business’)

_ personal and technical skills and qualities required by employers

_ how to find jobs in travel and tourism.

obtain information for their work or to provide accurate and up-to-date information to

customers. Researching involves:

_ being clear about what you are trying to find out

_ knowing how to search for information

_ deciding what is useful

_ collecting and presenting relevant information

_ drawing conclusions about your findings

_ acknowledging your sources.

You need to use your research skills to build up your knowledge and understanding of travel

destinations. Those already working in the travel and tourism industry expect you to know

how to carry out research, using a variety of sources including:

_ primary sources (eg, people working in travel and tourism, customers)

_ secondary sources (eg, example gazetteers, brochures, maps, atlases, guidebooks,

textbooks, the internet, newspapers and trade journals).



purpose-built resorts (eg, Disneyland Paris, Center Parcs)

_ countryside areas (eg, forests, mountains, lakes)

_ historical/cultural destinations (eg, Pompeii, Pisa, Madrid).

Each of these destination types has its own particular features. These can appeal to visitors in

different ways and different combinations. Features include:

_ climate (eg, sunshine hours, rainfall, humidity)

_ topography (eg, mountains, lakes, coastline)

_ natural attractions (eg, waterfalls, cliffs, forests)

_ built attractions (eg, stately homes, ancient monuments, theme parks)

_ events (eg, carnivals, music festivals)

_ food, drink and entertainment (eg, cafés, restaurants, bars, nightclubs)

_ types of accommodation (eg, self-catering, serviced)

_ types of transport (eg, buses, ferries)

_ accessibility to travel and tourism gateways (eg, airports, seaports, land bordercrossings).

needs of older people, who may prefer a quieter area. Similarly, the needs of a backpacker

travelling independently, on a limited budget, will be different from those of someone on an

expensive, all-inclusive

_ North America (USA and Canada)

_ the Caribbean

_ Australasia (Australia and New Zealand).

Travellers have a choice of transport types when deciding how to travel to their destination.

They can choose to travel by:

_ road (motorways, autobahns, major trunk routes, Channel Tunnel)

_ rail (high-speed lines, scenic railways)

_ air (charter, scheduled flights)

_ sea (ferry routes, cruises).

_ airports

_ seaports

_ land border-crossings.

As somebody hoping to work in travel and tourism, you need to be able to identify the main

routes and gateways that tourists can use when travelling in continental Europe and to longhaul


_ cost (eg, accommodation, transport, costs at the destination)

_ economic conditions (in the UK and the destination, exchange rate fluctuations).

Social and political considerations:

_ promotion (eg, by the tour operator, by the destination)

_ exclusivity

_ over-commercialisation

_ crime

_ political instability/unrest

_ media coverage (positive and negative)

_ tourism management (positive and negative)

_ the growth of independent travel

_ the growth of short-break holidays.

Environmental and geographical considerations:

_ accessibility

_ climate

_ pollution

_ natural disasters.