GTTP Research Competition & Award
Each year the GTTP holds a competition for the best school research project. Research topics are selected by the GTTP Directors.
The topic for 2015 is "Sustainable Adventure Tourism." In 2014 was "Technology and Sustainability." In 2013 it was "Culinary/Food Tourism: Traveling for Experiences."
Schools that are part of the GTTP can research the topic and enter the competition. Each GTTP member country selects a winner of the GTTP Research Award. The winning school sends two students and their teacher to an international conference. In 2015 the conference will be held in Nice, starting Friday, 27 November and ending Wednesday, 2 December. At this meeting, winning teams will present their findings and meet students and teachers from all GTTP-member countries. There will also be a tour of Amadeus' technology enter in Sofia Antipolis, and sightseeing in Nice, France and Monaco. There will be a gala dinner on Tuesday, 1 December and students and teachers will have an opportunity to meet the GTTP Global Partner Advisory Board members.
In addition to their presentation, each winning team prepares a case study that can be used by students and teachers everywhere. Contact the GTTP Director in your country if you want to enter the competition.
An endowment established in honor of Aldo Papone, former president of American Express Travel Related Services Company, helps fund the competition. Mr. Papone was a strong believer in tourism education and student creativity. When he retired, a fund was established in his name to support excellence and innovation in tourism education. The GTTP's share of the fund is used to support the research competition.
Adventure Tourism and Sustainability
Destinations work hard to differentiate themselves. Can adventure tourism be a way for your country to attract more tourists? What kind of travelers are interested in adventure tourism? Do those travelers come to your country?
Sustainability is a goal for most Travel & Tourism destinations and enterprises. But sustainability has to be planned for; it doesn’t just happen. It is the result of policies and actions.
When a destination is popular, it risks having too many visitors, or having so much development that the natural beauty of the place, and the environment, are harmed. Most destinations, if not all, want to continue being a place worth visiting. Sustainability means people have employment, environments are protected, and visitors have a positive impact on the destination they are visiting. Sustainability involves actions on the production and on the consumption side of Travel & Tourism.
Questions to consider when you are doing your research include:
How would you define adventure tourism?
How would you define sustainability?
What makes an adventure tourism destination sustainable?
Who should be in control of sustainability?
How are destinations in your country sustained? What are the problems associated with keeping them sustainable?
Can technology help their sustainability? If so, how?
How can Travel & Tourism companies become sustainable?
Are there adventure tourism companies in your area that have figured out how to be sustainable? How have they done that?
What role, if any, has technology in their sustainability?
What are the costs associated with making adventure tourism sustainable? The opportunities?
Before you do your research, be sure to read the article on How to Write a good Case Study in the Guidelines for the Research Award.
To help you get started on your research about sustainability, visit this website, http://destinet.eu/demo-design/topics/destination-management-good-governance. DestiNet is a website, partnered with the United Nations, which brings together the global community of people and organisations working to make tourism more sustainable. This website will link you to reports, research papers, and other information that can help you in your project.