Two leading North-east establishments are linking up to broaden the knowledge base of students looking to pursue a career in business tourism.
The partnership between Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) and Robert Gordon University (RGU) has grown quickly to offer students more first-hand experience of the workings of a busy events venue.
Working with RGU’s School of Creative and Cultural Business, AECC has taken Hannah Mitchell, a third-year International Tourism Management student, on a one-year placement as a sales researcher focusing on the national and international associations market. The placement enabled her to go to international meetings including the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) annual meeting in Norway.
AECC and RGU have also recently developed ‘day placements’ which allow third-year students to gain industry knowledge by shadowing members of AECC staff for the day and getting hands-on experience.
Scott Glennie is another student on the AECC team, working alongside AECC’s associations sales manager, Steven Daun.
RGU Hospitality, Tourism and Events subject leader, Craig Leith has also been bringing in AECC staff to speak regularly to his Event Management and Tourism students.
He commented: “The genuine interest that AECC have shown in our students over the last few years has been greatly appreciated by myself and my colleagues. It provides invaluable industry insight to our students across the hospitality, tourism and events courses in The School of Creative and Cultural Business. We currently have a group of passionate, knowledgeable and award winning students, so this developing relationship has clear benefits for RGU, our students and AECC.”
Image shows AECC’s Steve Daun and RGU student Scott Glennie