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Posted: 09/12/15

Tourism research goes Nordic

Travel and tourism students from West Nottinghamshire College have returned from a fact-finding mission to Iceland.

  • Picturesque waterfalls are just one of the tourist attractions in Iceland
  • Travel and tourism learners explored the impact of tourism on Iceland's amazing landscapes
  • Students explored the unique black sands on Reynisfjara Beach

The five day visit at the end of November, saw students from the BTEC National Diploma in Travel and Tourism and the Foundation Degree in Tourism and Event Management visit a range of tourist attractions in Iceland, where they investigated the impact of cruising on the country.

Places such as Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park, the Strokkur geyser, the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, the Suourland glaciers and the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beaches were visited so students could explore the geographies and investigate how the tourism industry is affecting Iceland.

Programme area leader for travel and tourism Sarah Heeley said: “The students used their time very meaningfully and came back to college with some great information which will assist them well in their studies.

“Our groups made some great connections with the Ferda Mala Stofa – the Icelandic tourist board to gather information for their primary research. I’m confident that they will be producing some interesting projects after this amazing visit.”