Chris Hamlin, Tourism Geography Graduate
Can you tell us about your current role?
I work as a Travel Consultant for luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent. I am an Africa specialist, my role involves creating bespoke itineraries for a range of clientele in the international and domestic markets. Working with a brief of what the clients ultimately would like to see, do, and experience whilst away, I create a trip which ultimately meets all of their needs and expectations, for the holiday of a lifetime.
Where is your role based?
My role allows me to travel in luxury to experience our products in depth. So far trips to Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia have allowed me to hone in on my product knowledge, and offer that knowledge to my clients. There is of course many more destinations that I am inspired by such as, trekking with Gorillas in Rwanda, walking the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia and watching the sunrise on the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
How did your degree prepare you for your current role?
My degree in BA(Hons) Tourism Geography allowed for me to gain a great amount of knowledge of tourism as a whole, as well as gaining invaluable experience in the industry. From my degree, I was able to gain an immediate job at Flight Centre offering invaluable sales experience, and also travel and work abroad.
Were any of your modules particularly helpful?
Studying ‘International Tourism Development’, allowed me to directly work in Indonesia with the contacts I made whilst studying, assisting in developing a homestay network on the islands of Flores and Lembata in Indonesia.
The modules I studied as part of my Tourism Geography degree were perfect preparation for my current role. Tourism Mobilities is the study of the human mobilities and networks. This module enabled me to develop a vital understanding of the movement of people and the reasons as to why and how they do so, which I apply on a daily basis in my role today.
How have you applied the knowledge and skills developed by your degree?
The wide ranging topics covered allowed for me to experience, football coaching in Kenya as part of my final dissertation on the ‘impacts of volunteer tourism’ and a post-degree role within Indonesia as part of a tourism network.
The knowledge I gained from my degree has without doubt been vital in furthering my career, allowing me to travel and explore the world, and in doing so, impart my knowledge into creating bespoke, unique and incredible holiday experiences for others.