Year 9 Options - Travel & Tourism


There are many organisations involved with different aspects of travel and tourism, including travel agents, tour operators, transport and accommodation providers and visitor attractions. People travel for different reasons, including leisure, business and to visit friends and relatives. The travel and tourism sector is the UK’s third-largest employer, accounting for about 10 per cent of  total employment. Tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK in employment terms,  employing nearly 3 million people, and the value of tourism to the UK economy is approximately  £121 billion (7.1 per cent) of UK GDP. Worldwide it is estimated that one in ten jobs are linked to travel and tourism.


Component 1: Travel and Tourism Organisations and Destinations

  • Investigate the aims of UK travel and tourism organisations.
  • Explore travel and tourism and tourist destinations, and the features that make destinations appealing to  visitors. 

 Component 2: Influences on Global Travel and Tourism

  • Explore the different factors that may influence global travel and tourism.
  • How travel and tourism organisations and destinations respond to these factors. 
  • Examine the potential impacts of tourism at global destinations and how to achieve sustainable tourism. 

Component 3:Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism 

  • Investigate how organisations use market research to identify travel and tourism  trends, and customer needs and preferences. 
  • Apply their understanding by selecting  products and services, and planning a holiday to meet customer needs and preferences. 


There are 2 internally assessed units

  • Component 1:  Travel and Tourism Organisations and Destinations - 30%
  • Component 2: Customer Needs in Travel and Tourism - 30%

External assessment

  • Component 2: Influences on Global Travel and Tourism – 40%

All assignments and the exam must be completed satisfactorily in order to pass the course.