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ITT TuITTion - September - Issue 9

GTTP 2012
Research Competition

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The GTTP annual competitions include a research project which can be used to enhance existing learning for 16-19 year old students following travel and tourism related qualifications. The winners take part in an annual student conference in Europe each year and compete with other countries.

The topic for 2012 is “Innovation in Tourism”.
The GTTP would like to know what innovations are making travel and tourism successful in the UK and what innovations could make it even more successful?

Committee member John Humphreys was instrumental in the development of the GTTP programme in the 1990’s and continues to give his holiday time to support this global initiative.

This year’s winners and their lecturer, from Neath Port Talbot College, will travel to the South of France in late November to present their research on 'Festivals - Their Importance in Tourism Development'.

For further information on GTTP and the competitions click here.

Useful free resource to support Travel and Tourism teaching!


The GTTP Passport to the World, which is taught as the national curriculum in several countries including China, Brazil and Russia, produces a teaching guide with support material for practitioners.

Passport to the World is available to teachers in the UK, to support a range of Level 1, 2 and 3 qualifications such as the Diploma in Travel & Tourism and BTEC, OCR and City & Guilds Travel & Tourism vocational qualifications.

In addition to the detailed Instructor Guide, you can also access the Resource Guide and a range of worksheets and activities which can easily be adapted to support your learning plans.

To make these materials more useable and valuable for teachers, we have produced a Teacher Guide, which outlines the content and provides suggestions on how the various materials can be utilised to support existing UK Travel & Tourism qualifications.

These materials are available free to any UK educational establishment offering Travel & Tourism qualifications - contact gttp@itt.co.uk for more information!

ITT GTTP RESEARCH COMPETITION WINNER Sponsored by The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership


Winner – Neath Port
Talbot College

The winning research project looks at the feasibility of running an upbeat and vibrant festival in the Borough of Neath Port Talbot.

This festival will not only celebrate Wales History and Culture, but to also look towards the future and the fantastic talent that will help promote the local area and Wales on a global stage.

The students will be representing the UK at an international student conference in Monaco in November where they will be presenting their findings to a global audience.


Future You

Future You - the annual student conference organised by ITT in association with the Tourism Society, will once again be held at World Travel Market on 10th November 2011.

We have launched a dedicated website where information on this year’s event as well as those of previous years is available.

Moderated by young entrepreneur and former ITT Student of the Year, Danny Waine from Perfect Holidays and Honeymoons, speakers include Simon Pickup, sustainability manager for ABTA as well as a team from Manchester Airport Group that includes Katie Gough who is responsible for running the Group’s twitter account with over 21,000 followers.

For details of the full programme and information on attending WTM, please visit : futureyouconference.co.uk


Message from the Chair

Welcome back to our educational members and I hope that, despite the inclement weather, you had a good summer break!

The Education and Training Committee continues to promote and develop opportunities for education and industry to work together and TuITTion will highlight these initiatives over the coming months.

I am delighted that Future You will once again be held at WTM, with another exciting line up of speakers and a new dedicated website!
Last year we attracted over 500 attendees with similar numbers expected this year, and I look forward to seeing many of you there!

My sincere congratulations to the worthy winners of this year’s annual student awards – it’s never too early to start thinking about next years' entries so please make sure your students are aware of these amazing opportunities.

The awards and competitions are all intended to enhance and support students learning and we have a growing list of illustrious past winners who are now pursuing successful careers in the sector.

As always, details of the ITT’s work in education and training is available on the website and if you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact me on training@itt.co.uk.  

Claire Steiner F Inst TT


Student Awards 2011

Congratulations to our 2011 winners who were presented with their awards at the Chairman’s Summer Cocktails at the Houses of Parliament in July.



Sponsored by Bella Rangel Callan
Following a career in Communications and IT, Robert decided that it is never too late to try something new and he gained his BTEC Advanced Certificate in Travel & Tourism qualification with ‘Distinction’ in the summer of 2010. During the course of his studies Robert was a regular contributor to the college’s Virtual Learning Community forum for travel and tourism students offering words of support and encouragement to fellow students. Robert also won the college’s Vocational and Business Studies Faculty ‘Student of the Year’ award being selected out of 18 different courses with 6000 active students, so it was a tremendous achievement to win this award. Robert is now looking at setting up his own travel business.



Sponsored by Best Loved Hotels
Following previous careers in the Armed Forces and running his own IT Consultancy, Jonathan decided to pursue his passion for food and the Culinary Arts and became a full time student in September 2010 studying Professional Cooking. Showing exceptional dedication and enthusiasm to his personal development, at 35 he found himself working in the evenings to support his family whilst he studied.

In order to gain valuable work experience, Jonathan contacted a local celebrity, Bryn Williams and was offered a week's placement at his London Restaurant, Odette’s which he then followed up with further experience working in Bryan Webb’s Michelin star restaurant in Tyddyn Llan. He has recently started working as a Commis Chef at the award winning Star Inn in North Yorkshire.

As part of his prize, Jonathan will have the opportunity of working in the kitchens of the Michelin starred Devonshire Arms in Bolton Abbey, Skipton, Yorkshire under Head Chef Steve Smith. The Devonshire Arms is the finest hotel and restaurant in Yorkshire and is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.



Sponsored by Debbee Dale Development
Anne-Kathrin’s Research Project investigates the relationship between leadership and knowledge transfer regarding environmental issues in tourism businesses through the lens of SMEs in the South West of England. This research has enabled the areas of leadership, knowledge transfer and sustainability to be brought together for the first time within a research context. By linking these strands of literature, sustainable tourism management was investigated through the lenses of knowledge sharing and, more importantly, of leadership.



Sponsored by FHT
Winner – Edith Kiesenhofer – Leeds Metropolitan University

Nominated by her lecturers at Leeds Metropolitan University as their Student of the Year, Edith graduated with a 1st class honours BA (Hons) Tourism Management.



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