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Teenagers turn down career in travel

Young people are snubbing a career in travel to follow
in the footsteps of high-profile celebrity chefs such as Jamie
Oliver.

A poll of 1,200 13 to 18-year-olds conducted by hospitality and
travel training body Springboard UK shows the lure of the travel
industry has dropped dramatically in the past five years, while
interest in the hospitality sector has increased.

In 2000, 40% of those polled said they would like to become a
travel agent, tour guide or a holiday rep, compared to just 24% of
those surveyed last month.

The results have prompted Travel Weekly to team up with Springboard
UK to co-ordinate a campaign to attract young people to the
sector.

  • For the full story please see this week’s Travel Weekly

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