Two training conferences have been announced for next year as the travel industry places a greater focus on education.

ABTA, the Tourism Society and the Institute of Travel and Tourism are hosting two one-day Tourism Academics and Employers’ conferences in March and June next year, the first in the northeast and the other in London.

The events are an opportunity for trainers and travel industry bosses to discuss the relevance of training qualifications and consider how to attract more quality graduates into the industry.

The move follows the success of the conference held in Birmingham in June. 

ITT training director Claire Steiner said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the industry and educators to come together to discuss issues that affect them both. We will be working more closely to encourage graduates into the industry.

“It is a chance for the associations to give progress updates. We had the big two and the Co-operative Group there in June and now we are encouraging independents to get involved.”