Frequently Asked Questions

What is the GTTP?
The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership supports Travel & Tourism Education programs in twelve countries. The first countries that were sponsored by the GTTP now have fully developed educational programs in Travel & Tourism. They serve as "Program Partners"  or mentors for the "Member" countries that are still developing their educational programs.  Program Partners participate in the GTTP's global activities; Members receive funding to develop their curricula, provide teacher training, and maintain their organizations.

Who are the Members and who are the Program Partners?

The members are: Brazil, China, Hungary, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, and South Africa. The Program Partners are Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, United Kingdom and United States.

What does the GTTP do?
It introduces students to careers in Travel & Tourism through academic programs developed by national education departments, tourism ministries, Travel & Tourism industry members, and the GTTP. It develops curricula, provides teacher training, and coordinates global activities for students.

How many students have participated in the GTTP's programs?
Over a million and a half students have participated in the GTTP. Currently, there are almost half a million students in the Member countries alone.

Why does the GTTP do what it does?
GTTP member countries recognize that the Travel & Tourism industry is an important part of their economies and believe that by exposing students, their parents and their teachers to the industry they encourage students to look at the industry as a source of worthwhile and rewarding careers.   

Who manages the GTTP?
In each country, there is a Director, who can be a university professor (as in Brazil) or a government official (as in Canada), or a school administrator (as in Kenya). In addition, national education departments plus members of the Travel & Tourism industry volunteer their time and expertise. There is an international coordinator, the Executive Director of the GTTP.

What are some examples of student activities?
GTTP programs emphasize activities inside and outside the classroom, especially out-of-the classroom research activities involving teams of students.

Some schools research GTTP-assigned topics and compete to present their findings or “case studies” at an annual student/teacher conference in Germany at the corporate conference center of Amadeus. Local members of the Travel &Tourism industry provide work-study opportunities or internships.

Who supports the GTTP?
About 3,000 Travel & Tourism companies and organizations support the GTTP at the individual country level with work-study opportunities, funds and other assistance. The GTTP has cross-border financial support from major members of the Travel & Tourism industry. These GTTP “Global Partners” are Amadeus, American Express, HRG (Hogg Robinson), Hertz, Lufthansa, Starwood and the World Travel & Tourism Council. The Global Partners provide funding, expertise and guidance.  Some of these Global Partners compete strenuously with each other on a daily basis but put aside their differences to support the GTTP.

Why do companies contribute?
The GTTP is a good way to give back to the communities where the companies operate, and they know it is a proven way to help develop skilled future employees.

How old is the organization?
The organization was started in 1986 by the American Express Foundation, and became a program of Global Initiatives, Inc. in 1996.