Travel & Tourism Trip to Lanzarote
For the second year running on the 8th of December 2016 the Year 13 BTEC Travel & Tourism students attended a study visit to Lanzarote a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and popular winter sun destination with the focus on collecting coursework evidence for their Responsible Tourism Unit.
After their 4 hour flight to the Island 78km off the Coast of Western Sahara and landing at Arricife Airport (Part of a the Green Airport Project) on the first day students were set the task of Investigating the Carbon Neutral Airport and the Biosphere Hotels’ eco credentials.
On the second day having rested the students were set a challenge of learning about the Island and its Sustainable Tourism Management such as use of zoning and planning restrictions on building heights, design and advertising by auditing the Puerto Del Carman Resort including the Avenue De Las Playas, the Blue flag Playa Grande beach and the El Varadero Dock & old town area which hosts the local arts & crafts market.
The next day students were up early to tour the Island where they learnt about the Islands natural attractions and unique volcanic landscapes as well as visiting centres for culture & tourism set up by the Islands famous Cesar Manrique. The visit included protected areas of El Golfo and Timafaya National Park, the rural tourism villages of Yaiza & wine region of la Geria. Students were also able to experience the volcanic experiments, take a camel ride through the volcanic landscape and given opportunities to taste traditional Canarian specialialities during lunch. The visit also included entry to the small but very informative Aloe Vera, Wine and Camel Museums.
In keeping with Lanzarote’s reputation as a Europe’s top outdoor destination the final day involved Beach sports on the golden sands of Puerto Del Carmen, one of the Islands three main resorts followed by time spent shopping & exploring the many cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops that make the resort so popular with tourists.
The staff were yet again impressed with the student’s attitudes & the way they represented the college at the resort and during the tour such as working together to cook and clean up after making meals for each other as well as completing the team challenges.
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