Subject Focus Week – Travel and Tourism: Students’ dream destinations

As part of subject focus week, we asked travel students to share their dream holiday destinations with us.

The travel and tourism industry has taken a big hit during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s clear people are itching to travel again and as soon as restrictions allow, the travel industry will be booming. Hopefully it will be back on its feet and more popular than ever!

Inesa Bucyte – Los Angeles, California, USA
One of my top dream holiday destinations has to be Los Angeles. The city of LA is full of bright lights at night, there’s never a dull moment there. 

LA is one of the most diverse cities in America incorporating one of the largest Hispanic populations in the United States. It’s a centre of international trade, banking and tourism. Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate and of course, the Hollywood entertainment industry.

One of the main reasons I would like to go to LA is due to their cuisine, their food looks absolutely amazing although I’m sure it consists of lots of calories. I would love to go to the Cheesecake Factory and try out their legendary desserts.  I would also like to visit Universal Studios to go on the rides and explore the theme park.

The best hotels for a luxurious stay in the city are Hotel Bel-Air, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hill and The Ritz-Carlton. While on the more expensive side, all of them include either an outdoor or indoor pool plus spa for ultimate relaxation. 

The greatest airlines to travel from London to Los Angeles direct are British Airways, Virgin and Emirates. 

Some amazing places to visit in Los Angeles would be the Santa Monica pier & beach, the Hollywood walk of fame, Sunset Boulevard and The Grove shopping centre.
 

Jack Poole – Dubai, UAE
I would love to visit Dubai because it has some great scenery and fantastic shopping opportunities. Four decades ago there were no buildings in Dubai but now it is known for it’s amazing hotels and architecture.

The main attractions are the Burj Al Arab, a hotel shaped like a boats’ sail, Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world and the Dubai Mall which has shopping, an underwater zoo, aquarium and ice rink. You can also visit water parks and go sky diving in Dubai.

Dubai has a hot climate most of the year and is four hours ahead of the UK. It can be reached by London, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow airports. The currency there is the United Arab Emirates dirham.
    
    
Ellie May Rossiter – Flamingo Land, Yorkshire, England
If I could go anywhere in the world right now, I would love to go to my favourite staycation spot - Flamingo Land. As much as I love going abroad to a sunny and hot country, nothing beats a family holiday that is full of memories and laughter. Not only is this resort amazing, fun and adventurous, I know it like the back of my hand as I have been going there since the age of 6! 

Flamingo Land is a zoo, theme park and holiday park all in one big resort and as for accommodation, you can stay in a holiday home, cottage, tree lodge, caravan or even go camping. There is also a splash park and an indoor pool that everyone can use if they are staying at the resort.  

My top tip would be to stay in the resort. You can go to Flamingo Land just for a day, the park opens at 10am but if you are staying there, the park opens at 9am for the residents. This gives the customers an advantage because it means they can go on all the rides before the daytime visitors arrive. 

For more information about Travel and Tourism courses at the college, visit https://www.southessex.ac.uk/travel-tourism