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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure

The opening of the Falkirk Wheel in 2002 kick-started a national awareness of Falkirk as a tourism destination.   It currently attracts around 500,000 visitors a year, many of whom will be looking for somewhere to stay, somewhere to eat and other places to visit whilst they are here. Jobs in this sector include Tourism Information Assistants, tour guides, bar, restaurant and hotel staff.
Additionally, the Falkirk area is in close proximity to two international airports at Edinburgh and Glasgow, providing further opportunities for those who want to work in airline and travel agent roles.

Local Developments

A Tourism Action Plan for the area has been drawn up which consists of a range of activities across four categories – visitor attractions, infrastructure, marketing and partnership/business. Together these actions will help to drive tourism forward in the area.  
The opening of the Helix Park with its 30m horses heads, The Kelpies, in 2014 has drawn visitors from far and wide and is set to be a huge tourist attraction. Further development opportunities at Portdownie and Rosebank Distillery, both in close proximity to the Falkirk Wheel, have the potential to add to the area's tourist offering in future.  

General Entry Routes and Requirements

To research the personal qualities, skills and qualifications you need to enter this industry, visit the Careers A-Z of My World of Work|. You can also view film clips of people talking about their jobs.

Training Courses – Local and Further Afield

To find out about courses you can attend locally please visit the following pages of the Forth Valley College website:

Alternatively, for courses elsewhere in Scotland or to find out about university applications and routes, My World of Work| has a course search facility.

Local Companies and Case Studies

For inspiration, here are some examples of local companies and people operating in the Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure sector: