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Published: 29 January 2014

Professional Training employer of the year

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has been given the Employer of the Year Award for Professional Training 2012-13 at the University of Surrey, based on the experience of Tourism Management undergraduate student, Elizabeth Andrews.

As part of her Professional Training placement, Elizabeth was involved in the organisation of the annual WTTC Global Summit in Abu Dhabi. Her duties involved liaising with representatives of a number of high-profile figures, including keynote speaker President Bill Clinton, actress Daryl Hannah, journalist Sir David Frost and the explorer David de Rothschild.

During the Summit itself, Elizabeth assisted in the management of the media centre and over 200 journalists therein, helping to answer questions and generate press coverage.

“There are hundreds of stories I could tell about my placement at WTTC; it was full of wonderful experiences. The start of the year was a steep learning curve, as I discovered the importance of attention to detail in a fast-moving environment, but being part of the WTTC Global Summit and watching President Clinton’s speech was an inspiring experience.

“I have made some great industry contacts from my placement and the whole year has made me even more excited to discover what opportunities await after graduating.”

Professor Graham Miller, Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, commented: “Through this placement Elizabeth has been given exposure to the very highest level of industry practitioners, her opinions have been genuinely sought and she has been treated as an equal at all meetings. WTTC have given Elizabeth a high profile position and she has represented the University of Surrey with distinction.”

A forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism industries, WTTC counts around 100 Chief Executives from leading international travel and tourism companies in its membership.

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