Two undergraduates from the University of Plymouth have become the first student representatives on the National Council of the Tourism Management Institute (TMI).
Abigail Rivers and Cassie Stewart were co-opted onto the council at the TMI’s Annual Convention, attended by tourism professionals and students, in Bournemouth earlier in October.
Their role will be to provide the institute with the perspective of those who are about to enter the industry and will be the destination managers of the future.
The TMI’s National Council comprises a network of national and regional representatives, as well as members co-opted to represent specific sectors or interests, and the members of the organisation’s Executive Board.
Abigail, studying BSc (Hons) International Tourism Management, said:
“I am excited to be a part of this new partnership between students and TMI board members with the potential for growth within the institute and student bodies. This role will give me a fantastic insight into how the industry works and meet the people behind the scenes, but I also have a strong interest in Destination Management and being a part of TMI will help me explore this further.”
Cassie, a BSc (Hons) Tourism Management student, added:
“Taking on this role is a huge honour, not just for me but for all tourism students across the country. I hope I can be the voice of students in enhancing our career prospects and future employment. On a personal level I can't wait to see what the TMI has in store for me and my future, and I intend to make the most of this opportunity.”
The TMI is a professional organisation for destination managers and membership is open to current practitioners, those who affiliate themselves with destination management and tourism students.
It has been building strong links with the University's School of Tourism and Hospitality over a period of years and Plymouth's courses have been accredited by TMI since 2012.
Dr Natalie Semley, Lecturer in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, said:
“This is a wonderful accolade for the school as a whole, and I am extremely proud of both students for showing such enthusiasm towards the role. I was also very impressed by how they both presented themselves to industry in a professional and appropriate manner. They are now in a wonderful position to progress their own future careers, and ensure students in general, have a voice within the TMI.”