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ITT TuITTion - July- Issue 12

ITT Conference 2012 - The Barbados Experience!

 

As a new Member of ITT it seemed obvious to take advantage of the opportunity to join fellow Members in the idyllic surroundings of Barbados. Clearly the location was very attractive and certainly influenced my decision but this was further enhanced once I viewed the proposed list of speakers and key sponsors. To say the list of speakers was impressive is an understatement and the Conference certainly delivered.

Clearly the support from industry leaders, from a wide range of sectors including global brands as well as small and medium sized enterprises, is a clear indication of how highly the Institute is held. Proceedings were eloquently managed by Moderator Tim Hames, and all sessions were informative, interesting and interactive.

Having reviewed the delegate list, it was very clear that I was in the minority, representing academia along with only one other colleague from the HE sector. I felt slightly out of place as I arrived at the first night's reception, attended by over 350 delegates who were clearly enjoying meeting friends, colleagues and peers from the industry. Within the hour I had been whisked up and introduced to a number of people. I was completely overawed with the welcome I received and found everyone very friendly and approachable. This set the scene for the Conference and made meeting people and networking a delight. The organisation of the event proceedings mixed business with pleasure and it was refreshing to see how much business was done in the informal sessions and how much all delegates embraced the social aspects of the Conference.

So what happens next? I learnt a great deal from talking with representatives from industry and clearly there is much work to be done in terms sharing all the opportunities that are available for business to link with universities. There are also many benefits for education and certainly Bournemouth University will be applying to become an ITT Centre of Excellence and ensuring attendance at the upcoming ITT President's Dinner in October and the ITT Cocktails at the Speakers House in December.
Personally, I can’t wait for the ITT Conference 2013!

Simon Thomas, Senior Lecturer – Bournemouth University, School of Tourism.

Leading by example - Danny Waine

 

 

In 2006, the first Bella Rangel Callen ITT Student of the Year award was won by Danny Waine, a young graduate from Northumbria University. Two years later he won the TTG Big Ideas competition, which he used to help develop his company Perfect Weddings Abroad. In 2010 he joined the ITT Education and Training Committee and moderated the inaugural Future You student Conference at WTM, which he has continued to do.

In 2012 his success continues with the sale of a major share in his company and becoming the youngest ever Board member of ITT! A fantastic achievement and hopefully just the beginning!

 

 

Message from the Chair

An overriding theme at the 2012 ITT Conference was the need to develop employee engagement and to encourage fresh talent into the sector. Virgin Holidays announced 100 new apprenticeships in the UK, TTG launched their search for Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders and many of the other speakers spoke about re-engaging with their staff, recognising their value and helping them develop knowledge, skills and brand loyalty.

There seems to have been a shift in focus over the last few months with more of the sector openly encouraging and promoting opportunities to identify, develop and acknowledge the future talent needed to drive our industry forward. It is refreshing to hear more and more companies announcing these new initiatives and ITT is proud to be associated with and support many of these.

For over 56 years, ITT has promoted professionalism and careers in our sector and works hard on behalf of our Members to raise standards and collaborate with other organisations to endorse and recognise Travel and Tourism as a vibrant sector to work within and one that offers a variety of professional careers and opportunities.

This year we will be celebrating the 7th ITT Student Awards with even more winners receiving their award at the Chairman’s Summer Cocktails on 19 July at the Houses of Parliament – we had more entries this year that ever before and my congratulations go to everyone who was nominated. It is wonderful to see so much talent coming into the sector and I look forward to watching their progress in the future. With any luck they will all emulate the ongoing success of our first Student of the Year, Danny Waine!

Another Conference theme was that of innovation, so it is particularly apt that the winners of this year’s GTTP Research Competition will be developing a case study around Innovation in Tourism and how their proposed ideas could impact on the visitor economy. They will be presenting their research at the Annual Global Student Conference in Monaco in November.

With the end of the academic year already upon us, many graduates will be looking for their first step into work. ITT works with many of the leading Universities in the UK and if you would like to find out more about how your organisation might benefit from working more closely with a University or College or are interested in a Graduate placement, then please let us know.

I wish you all a great summer! Best of luck to Team GB – and in particular, my cousin Rob Moore, who will be playing in the Hockey.

Claire Steiner F Inst TT
Chair – ITT Education and Training Committee


THE 2012 ITT STUDENT AWARD WINNERS

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Winning entry for GTTP Photographic Competition - Emily Orr
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Annoucing the 2012 ITT Student Award Winners - to be presented at the Chairman's Summer Cocktails.

BELLA RANGEL CALLEN ITT STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Elizabeth Rumens – University of Brighton

ITT PhD STUDENT OF THE YEAR - sponsored by Debbee Dale Development
Andrew Spencer – Bournemouth University

BEST LOVED HOTELS ITT HOSPITALITY AND CATERING STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Kimberley Kirk-Macaulay – Bournemouth University

ITT CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Gareth Holt - Leeds Met University
Roxanne Cooper - University of Wolverhampton

ITT APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR - sponsored by TFT
Large organisation:
Winner - Florence Butters – Co-op Anglia
Runner Up - Chloe Wrench - Thomas Cook
Runner Up - Lorraine Down - Travelex

Small Medium Enterprise:
Winner - Laura Cubley - Golden Goose Travel
Runner Up - Nikki Campbell - Bookable Holidays
Runner Up - Vici Grimshaw - travelshoponline

GTTP RESEARCH COMPETITION - sponsored by Business Excellence in Education
Kingston College

 

TOMORROW'S TRAVEL LEADERS - 30 UNDER 30

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Tomorrow's Travel Leaders is the new initiative from TTG and C&M Recruitment aimed at celebrating and bringing together the highest young fliers in the travel industry - and inspiring others throughout travel with their stories. Nominate or apply today!

 

How to enter:
To enter or nominate a colleague to join Tomorrow's Travel Leaders, visit ttgdigital.com/travelleaders and tell us how this individual has made an outstanding contribution to a travel business.

The senior panel of judges will meet on 9 July to decide on the final 30

If you would like to know more, email travelleaders@ttgdigital.com

 

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