Tourism students meet Scottish Government Ministers

NC Travel and Tourism students had the pleasure of visiting the Scottish Parliament recently as part of their core skills units.

Richard Toner was one of the students on the visit. He explained to Ayrshire College’s Marketing and PR Officer Martin Currie what the trip to Edinburgh was like for the class.

“When we arrived at the Scottish Parliament we met up with Fergus Ewing, who is Scotland’s Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.

“As we’re a travel and tourism class, we asked him questions about the tourism industry – both presently and looking into the future.

“Mr Ewing said that our questions were better than some of the politicians in the chamber! He was really generous with his time and we got pictures with him as we handed over an Ayrshire College hoodie.

“While we were standing where the politicians come out of the chamber, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon surprised us when she came through the door.

“She was nice. She’s from Ayrshire herself, and I think she was very pleased to see us. We didn’t ask her many questions because we were about to go on the tour, but she stopped to have selfies with all of us individually which was a nice gesture.

“Meeting Nicola Sturgeon put a smile on my face because I’m happy that she became First Minister for Scotland. Also, Fergus Ewing was a great speaker – he gave great feedback on the questions that we put to him. Overall the trip was very enjoyable and educational.”

Richard TonerStudent Richard Toner with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon



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