Hugh Baird College joined other further education colleges from across the region recently to inspire students to consider a career in one of the many roles in Liverpool’s thriving visitor economy. Driven by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, ‘Visitor Economy Week’ sees activities taking place across Merseyside, providing a taste of what life can be like working in hospitality, retail, tourism and travel. Hugh Baird College Travel and The Visitor Economy students began the week by helping out at the launch event, making that all important first impression by meeting and greeting the specially invited guests at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield stadium. Visitor Economy Week activities for the College’s Travel and The Visitor Economy students included the full tourist experience on board an open top bus courtesy of City Explorer Liverpool and a ‘Day in the Life’ experience at John Lennon Airport, where students got to shadow key workers throughout the day. The week also saw the College’s L20 Hotel School Hospitality and Catering student’s welcome commuters on board the Mersey Ferry. They made and served warm pots of scouse and cups of tea to rush hour travellers. Other highlights of Visitor Economy Week at Hugh Baird College included L20 Hotel School Hospitality and Catering students assisting 2012 Masterchef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski in a guest chef evening for 100 guests at the L20 Restaurant. The week was brought to a close with lavish dinner at the Richmond Hotel in Liverpool City Centre where students joined other further education colleges to prepare a course each for the dinner attended by specially invited guests. Speaking after the week, Hugh Baird College Assistant Principal, Janet Trigg, said: “We were delighted to once again play our part in Visitor Economy Week. Liverpool City Region’s Visitor Economy generates £4.3bn and plays a vital part in the City Region’s economy with massive potential and opportunity for the next generation. As a College we are working closely with a range of employers from across the sector to raise the profile of the sector and enhance its perception as a progressive career choice.” If you are interested in exploring a career in hospitality, travel, tourism or the retail sector, visit www.hughbaird.ac.uk/visitoreconomy to find out more about the courses that could help your career take off. For more information about Visitor Economy Week, visit www.visitoreconomyweek.co.uk.