The GTTP's first program was started in the United Kingdom. Programs were added in Ireland, Hungary, Hong Kong and Canada. The focus of the GTTP then shifted to developing countries where tourism is vital to the economy.
The original programs received funding to develop their curricula, provide teacher training, and establish the GTTP office and Director. As they matured and their programs became part of the national education systems, the GTTP's funding and focus shifted to the new members. The original programs took on the role of mentor to the still-developing programs. This mix of developed and new programs benefits teachers and students through exchanges, sharing of curricula, and teacher training provided by experienced teachers.
Today, two types of countries belong to the GTTP: Members and Program Partners.
Members include Brazil, China, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia and South Africa. They receive GTTP funding to develop their programs.
Program Partners mentor and support the newer countries/regions. Program Partners are Canada, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, the UK and the USA. Program Partners are eligible for funding to support student and teacher participation in the GTTP's global competitions.
GTTP Brazil - The mission of GTTP Brazil is: (1) to improve education in Brazilian public schools and invest in capacity building by training teachers; (2) to develop tourism-related instructional materials including books, games, instructor manuals and activities; and (3) to introduce young people to the Travel & Tourism Industry and its professional opportunities during that time in their lives when they are making career choices.
GTTP China - GTTP China has just been launched, and is under the direction of Professor Hanqin Zhang, Associate Professor of international tourism at Hong Kong Polytechnic. She has been teaching China tourism related subjects at both undergraduate and graduate level. Her research interests are tourism studies, consumer behaviour, and China hotel and tourism development and policy issues. Professor Zhang is coordinating pilot programs in two cities, and Chinese students will now participate in GTTP global activities.
GTTP Jamaica - Jamaica typically welcomes more visitors each year than its population of some 2.7 million people. Travel & Tourism is perhaps the most important part of the Jamaican economy, directly accounting for over 10 percent of all jobs on the island in 2007 and indirectly for some 26 percent of all jobs. Tourism generates more than 50 percent of all foreign exchange earnings of the country. Information Technology, Agriculture and Mining are other important sectors of the economy.
GTTP Kenya - Kenya is the newest member of the GTTP. Our introductory curriculum, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD, will be piloted at the Makini School, one of Kenya’s leading educational organizations. Kenya has enormous tourism potential, and GTTP Kenya will help that potential to be realized.
GTTP Russia - GTTP Russia is housed at Junior Achievement Russia (JAR) and has grown rapidly since it became part of JAR in 2004. The Program's schools have expanded beyond our original 32 classrooms in St. Petersburg and Moscow to cities across Russia from the Baltic to Vladivostok on the Sea of Japan. In April 2010 there were 126,480 students in 1,971 schools studying the new curriculum developed by the GTTP.
GTTP South Africa - South Africa has made Travel & Tourism part of the national curriculum, and currently there an estimated 306,000 learners in approximately 2,400 schools in all 9 Provinces. The South Africa Programme introduces high school learners to careers available in the tourism industry and provides a vital link between the classroom and the working world.
GTTP Canada - The Canada Program is called the Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism (CATT) and in 2007 it became a permanent program of the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council (CTHRC), where CATT has been housed since 1995. CATT now receives federal government funding while continuing to be supported by the Travel & Tourism industry.
GTTP Hong Kong - GTTP Hong Kong supports a new 3-year senior secondary elective program, Tourism & Hospitality Studies (THS, starting September 2009) which enables students to become good hosts, responsible tourists, sensible observers and well-prepared candidates for tertiary education, professional training and eventually promising careers in the industry. Since it began in 1993, GTTP has been actively promoting the recognition of the need for and value of tourism education for secondary school students in Hong Kong
GTTP Hungary - There are 39 schools in 33 Hungarian cities that offer Travel & Tourism education courses that are part of the GTTP, with 1,424 students registered as of April, 2010. The Hungary Program is aimed at students aged 14 years to 18 years, and includes both mandatory and optional subject matter modules. Students are required to invest 220 classroom hours, which typically are spread over two years. Teacher training is obligatory and lasts 30 hours. Additional optional training is also offered each year, which last two days and focus on specific single subjects. There is also an annual conference for teachers.
GTTP Ireland - GTTP Ireland supports an introductory course on tourism which allows students to explore social, economic and geographical aspects of tourism and to recognize Ireland’s unique culture and heritage.
GTTP United Kingdom - The GTTP UK is managed by the Institute for Travel and Tourism (ITT) as part of its work with young people seeking careers in the industry. The ITT is the professional membership body for individuals employed in the travel and tourism industry.
National Academy Foundation (NAF) USA - NAF began its Academies of Hospitality and Tourism in 1986, when the first GTTP program was started in the UK. Today NAF has 82 Academies of Hospitality and Tourism serving some 9,300 students in cities across the United States. NAF and the GTTP have collaborated since their inception.