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Beacon School of Tourism and Hospitality

11 October 2019

As part of its vision to become a globally-connected university and a commitment to extend its academic footprint, New Beacon Campus launched its latest school on 4th October 2019.

The Beacon School of Tourism and Hospitality will be led by Paul Williams whose academic career spanning more than 25 years has seen him engage in a consultancy capacity with national and international tourism organisations; contribute to the further development of the Quality Assurance Agency’s (QAA) benchmark statements for Events, Hospitality and Tourism; and work with the tourism industry to develop an accreditation scheme for a leading tourism professional body.

President of the New Beacon Campus, Professor Richard Li-Hua said: “The launch of the Beacon School of Tourism and Hospitality comes at what is an exciting time for tourism around the world as countries look to respond to dynamic changes in industry, destination and education landscapes.”

Professor Li-Hua also commented that by “building on global connections, and in particular our many relationships with high profile universities such as China’s Xi’an Peihua University, we’re confident that this new school can further enhance the reputation of New Beacon Campus as we look to grow the range of academic disciplines and research, and also contribute to the tourism and hospitality sector’s key role as a driver of economic growth and job creation nationally and internationally.”

The Beacon School of Tourism and Hospitality will also be able to support the UK government’s modern industrial strategy which sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of those who work in an industry estimated to be worth nearly £70 billion a year to the UK economy and employing 1.6 million people.

Recognising that tourism is one of the greatest economic powerhouses with both the scale and geographical reach to help to deliver on the industrial strategy’s ambitions has resulted in a new tourism sector deal being announced. This ‘game-changer for tourism in the UK’ will also ensure that the world’s fastest-growing industrial sector moves higher up the government’s future economic planning agenda.

Paul Williams, the Dean of the School said “New Beacon Campus and I are passionate about creating unique research and practitioner-informed student experiences by actively embracing entrepreneurial and innovative approaches in teaching and learning.

By drawing upon a wealth of academic and industry connections, the School will also work with a number of strategic partners to help establish a co-ordinated strategy to deliver the next generation of qualified tourism professionals, provide mentoring programmes and practical guidance in management and leadership, develop workforce skills, support the creation of new tourism enterprises, and ultimately boost local and national visitor economies.”