Tourism alumni passed on career advice to final year students during the BU Tourism and Hospitality Fusion conference held in London
Eight alumni joined the final session at the first of a two-day BU Tourism and Hospitality Fusion Conference. They joined a panel-style session on their early career experiences, before networking with students on their tables.
The event, organised by the Faculty of Management, is designed to bring together future talent, rising stars and senior industry professionals to explore the future of the tourism and hospitality industries.
Among those presenting was Eleanor Green, who graduated from BU in 2016 and has since gone on to forge a career with the Park Plaza hotels group in London. Eleanor said: “I wanted to attend the conference because I know how beneficial it would have been for me to hear from recent alumni during my final year at university. Looking back, I was quite naïve about what would happen after graduation and hearing from people who have been there and done it gives you greater insight.”
Lisa Cristolfi, who is now working for spa and wellness travel company, Wellbeing Escapes, said: “It has been great to come back and reconnect with former classmates and lecturers. It is also useful to hear from other speakers and get new perspectives on the latest trends and developments in the tourism industry. I can take that back to benefit my own organisation and career.”
Amy Tidball, who is nearing the end of a graduate scheme with travel and tourism group, TUI, said: “When you are in the final year of university, getting ready to make the move into the real world feels quite daunting. Hopefully, by coming here today, we have been able to offer some reassurance that everything will be okay in the not too distant future. I am a real advocate for the tourism courses at BU and if there is also an opportunity to promote our graduate schemes to other BU students, then that’s great from a recruitment perspective.”
The first day of the conference focused on the tourism industry. The second, focused on hospitality, also featured an alumni panel and networking session.