Ailsa Pollard, Senior Vice President, dnata Travel (Consumer) Middle East and India, Joins GTTP Advisory Board
October 5, 2015 – The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) announced that dnata has joined its stellar global industry partner line up to help support its multi-country educational program to introduce students to career opportunities in Travel and Tourism. The GTTP has also welcomed Ailsa Pollard, Senior Vice President of dnata Travel (consumer), Middle East and India, to its Advisory Board.
dnata has become a Global Partner alongside Amadeus, American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Delta Air Lines, Enterprise Holdings, Eurostar, The Hertz Corporation, Hogg Robinson Group, KDS, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Travelport. With the support of these partners, the GTTP teaches students about careers in travel and tourism in more than 5,600 schools in Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom.
Headquartered in Dubai, dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents. Pollard is responsible for the continued growth of dnata’s travel retail network and e-commerce travel in the Middle East and India, as well as overseeing Emirates Holidays globally.
Michel Taride, Group President, Hertz International and Chairman of GTTP’s Advisory Board, said: “The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership’s goal is to foster the development of future employees for the travel and tourism sector, and dnata’s sponsorship will help the GTTP drive this mission further. The support of dnata, which represents world famous brands, will also help expand the GTTP’s reach to the fast growing Middle East region and beyond. In addition, with her vast experience and expertise, Ailsa will provide highly valuable perspectives on the GTTP’s educational curriculum, including the skills and mindset that students need to develop in order to achieve successful and rewarding careers in the industry.
“We are delighted to have Ailsa join the Advisory Board and look forward to working closely with her and dnata,” he added.
Ailsa Pollard added: “dnata is proud to be part of the GTTP and the educational links they are building between global travel businesses and communities. Nurturing the talent pool is vital the industry’s progress and sustainable growth, and we are absolutely keen to play a role in shaping our industry’s future.”
The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership is an industry philanthropic initiative to foster future talent and tackle the global skills shortage. The GTTP educates secondary school students about careers in Travel & Tourism at a time when they are making career and education choices. More than 2 million students have participated in GTTP activities. Its Passport to the World curriculum is used in 12 countries in Europe, Africa, East Asia, and North and South America. It serves some 450,000 students in more than 5,600 schools. For more about GTTP visit http://dev-gttp.pantheonsite.io or the GTTP Facebook page.
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents and 75 countries. The company has been in operation for more than five decades, and is an industry innovator in the Middle East. As the leading travel management company in the region, dnata Travel offers a comprehensive range of corporate, leisure, partnership and trade services through an expanding group of 19 different brands.