What We Do
Each member country has its own approach to teaching Travel & Tourism, and the GTTP works with education ministries to ensure compliance with country standards. In some countries, the GTTP program is for students in the final year of secondary school, and in others the GTTP is focused on students in grade 10, 11 and/or 12. Each country uses its own tourism education requirements. In some countries, schools use a GTTP-developed curriculum as their official curriculum while other use it to supplement their own courses. (For more information, contact the Director for the country you are interested in.)
To ensure students have a global perspective, the GTTP developed a curriculum, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD: An Introduction to Travel & Tourism. It comes with three modules: a module for use by instructors; a module for use by students, which includes a guide to information resources; and a module with a comprehensive schedule of student activities. It is available in English, Russian, Hungarian, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Chinese.
Our Global Partners work with us to ensure the materials are up-to-date. Travelport, as an example, has worked with our Directors to develop an inter-active unit on travel technology that lets students and teachers learn about global travel booking systems.
Click here to see the Introduction to the Instructor's Guide which includes the GTTP's approach to teaching Travel & Tourism, an explanation of the PASSPORT curriculum and an outline of the syllabus.
PASSPORT was developed by GTTP country directors and teachers. The course provides students with a basic understanding of tourism as a global industry. The curriculum is "teacher friendly" and is designed in such a way that basic concepts and information are combined with activities that focus the students on their own community or region.
In some countries, like Russia, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD, is the officially-approved introductory curriculum. In Ireland, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was incorporated into Ireland’s new national curriculum. In other member countries, like Hungary and Canada, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD is used to supplement existing curriculum. In Brazil PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was adopted by the federal government of Brazil as part of its drive to expand tourism education in state and municipal schools throughout Brazil. In Kenya PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was approved by the education ministry and is used to introduce students to this subject. For countries that are just starting to offer this subject, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD can be used as the introductory curriculum and provides a basis for understanding the industry and for going on to further study.
Students who master the material in PASSPORT TO THE WORLD are eligible to receive a certificate attesting to their achievement. Click here to read more.
GTTP teacher-training courses on the global curriculum, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD, and on student assessment methodologies have been delivered to teachers in Hungary, Jamaica, Russia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. These are in addition to regular teacher training provided by each country program.
The GTTP assessment approach utilizes portfolios prepared by the students, and provides teacher training in this method.
The GTTP member countries work together in a number of ways, especially in the sharing ideas and experiences that can improve their own operations. Country directors conduct teacher training sessions in GTTP member countries. The development of the curriculum known as PASSPORT is an example of a collaborative project. GTTP member country schools can also "twin" with each other, which is an opportunity for students in two countries to learn more about each other.
GTTP member countries involve students in a myriad of local and national activities. The GTTP sponsors three global competitions.
- GTTP Research Competition & Award: The Travel & Tourism courses taught in GTTP member countries emphasizes student activities. Each year GTTP hosts an International Student/Teacher Conference attended by students and their teachers from GTTP member countries. The students previously have competed for the GTTP Research Award in their home countries. The winning school teams in each country attend the conference. The conference is sponsored by the GTTP; its Global Partners.
- Student Travel Writing Competition: The essay competition reinforces the GTTP’s emphasis on encouraging research and communications skills. Students compete for national cash prizes. The competition is sponsored by the GTTP’s Global partners.
- Student Photo Competition: Students take photos that show an enticing place or situation in their own country that would make a visitor want to come see for themselves. There are national prizes and an international winner. The winning photos are on the web site.
Internships where students are exposed to the workplace are an important part of the activities of GTTP members. Students need to be able to see what life is like in a “real” business. In some GTTP member countries, internships are paid activities and students work for months or even during an entire school year at a local business. In other member countries, such an extensive internship is not feasible. One alternative for exposing students to the workplace is unpaid, 30-hour work-study programs that can be conducted individually or in groups.
The GTTP has developed a manual in English and Spanish to help schools set up internship/work-study programs.