Students undertake virtual tourism project with Rochford District Council

Friday, March 24, 2017

A team of enterprising students from South Essex College have taken part in a virtual tourism project, in collaboration with Rochford District Council.

The assignment formed part of their Business Studies Degree and focussed on how to boost economic growth in the Rochford District. The project connected to ongoing work by the council to explore opportunities for the River Crouch coastal area in order to boost tourism. It examined possible options to improve sustainable access to Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project which, as Europe’s largest intertidal habitat for birds, is drawing increasing numbers of visitors.

The students, who study at the College’s University Centre Southend, also benefited from some mentoring sessions with council officers, as part of ongoing partnership working between the organisations.

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Enterprise, Cllr George Ioannou, said: “I would like to congratulate these Business Studies students for the enthusiasm they showed in tackling a real-world example, carefully exploring any practical difficulties that needed to be overcome.
“It is wonderful to have a fresh pair of eyes to examine tourism opportunities in the Rochford District and it is possible that some of their input could even influence future decisions.”

Bruce Neagus, BA (Hons) Business Studies Course Leader, said: “The students plans took into account local attractions, funding and challenges. They brought fresh and youthful thinking to the council’s plans and enjoyed the experience of working on a real project.”