STUDENTS from Solihull met a survivor from the September 11 terror attacks on a recent field trip to New York.
Travel and tourism teenagers questioned a fire marshal who was in the World Trade Centre in 2001 when the dramatic events took place.
He told students how he had evacuated his office on the 72nd floor and carried a disabled woman down the stairs on his back just minutes before the North tower collapsed.
The trip was aimed at helping the group of 18 gain first-hand experience in the travel industry.
Among the places of interest toured were Ground Zero and the World Trade Tribute Centre, to see the tributes there to the fire fighters who lost their lives in the terror attacks.
Students also visited the Statue of Liberty and the Immigration Museum at Ellis Island. They went up the Empire State Building, visited Central Park and took in the views from the Brooklyn Bridge.
The group examined the importance of the local amenities to tourists, and looked at the vast array of entertainment options available to visitors on Broadway and in Times Square.
Travel & Tourism teacher Janice Hamilton said that New York is a fantastic, vibrant city and one of the most visited in the world.
“Our students learnt a lot by visiting the place themselves, to get an understanding of how the travel and tourism industry works in practice.
“Some of our students harbour ambitions to work in this industry themselves and this experience will have given them a valuable insight into what is needed to be successful in this field.”