Introduction to Tourism Education
Taking important lessons within the confines of a classroom is the first and foremost way of augmenting knowledge and it is altogether certain that knowledge can be gained by reading books, talking to people and also by opting for other means of communication. However, in the present times, apart from these popular methods of acquiring knowledge, traveling to foreign locations and enrolling in short term courses in those countries is getting popular as an effective method of gaining knowledge in a specific subject/field. What is interesting is that while visiting a foreign country on an educational trip, the visitor also gets to know the culture and history of its people, the tidbits on people’s lifestyle and architecture.
This is exactly the educational tourism phenomenon that is attaining universal popularity and jumping on the bandwagon, people from far-flung corners of the world are considering many countries as an important destination for their educational tours. These tours are especially focused on having a share of the educational experiences available in the country and also to enhance knowledge and culture.
The various aspects of educational tourism include an educational program in which the participants chose to travel to a region or country in specific groups with the aim of learning something from the visited region. In specific terms, educational tourism is all about visiting and then staying in a foreign country and foreigners stay in our countries for more than 24 hours and not more than one year in a row for the purpose of availing short term language classes, education in school / universities, vocational and other specialized courses.