Pupils visit Morocco to learn more

Students from Northumberland have travelled to Morocco to learn about the importance of sustainable tourism in an area recently devastated by flooding.

The group, who are studying for the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Travel and Tourism Management at Northumberland College, camped on the edge of the Sahara desert for ten days, visiting local attractions to highlight an alternative, more sustainable approach to tourism with the aim of supporting a destination’s economy and community.

Students interviewed local business entrepreneurs and also members of the community who they found had traditionally farmed but are now working in tourism.

The trip was part of a project comparing the desert region to rural Northumberland, which focused on issues such as how tourism affects society and culture.