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 2014 is "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 2014 the conference will be held in Nice, starting Friday, 21 November and ending Wednesday, 26 November. 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, 25 November 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.

The topic for 2013 was "Culinary or Food tourism," and in 2012 it was "Innovation in Tourism."   You can read more about these topic in the students' research reports which are posted on the GTTP web site along with case studies from previous years.

Technology and Sustainability

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 sustainability?

What makes a 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 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?

Can you develop ways in which technology could support sustainability at a particular destination?

What are the costs associated with sustainability? The opportunities?

Here is an example of a company using technology to support sustainability: Two hotels that are part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts are pioneering a technology that will save guests time and save the hotel the cost of producing keys or key cards. An Aloft Hotel in Manhattan and one in Silicon Valley will let guest check in and enter their rooms using their smart phones.  Starwood has developed an app which is a ‘virtual” key. Newer iPhones and Android phones will unlock the guest’s door through use of Bluetooth technology.

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, 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.

To see videos on how technology is changing the travel industry, watch KDS TV, which is produced by our Global Partner, KDS. Here is the link: You can also read about current technology trends at this e-magazine: