A Retrospective: Looking Back On Our 20th Anniversary Celebrations – Part 2

Jan 20, 2017

In 2016, the Global Travel Tourism Partnership notched up 20 years of success in teaching more than 2 million high school and tertiary students about travel, tourism and hospitality careers as well as sustainability issues.

In Part 2 of our retrospective, we feature activities and events held from July to December 2016 to mark our 20th Anniversary.

If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

July

In Tanzania, members of GTTP Club from Aaron Harris Second School, celebrated the GTTP’s 20th Anniversary by visiting the Tourism Sector Fair in Dar es salaam on 4th July 2016. The intention of this visit was to learn the academic requirements for joining Tourism Training Institutions and labour opportunities in the Tourism sector. The GTTP Director of Tanzania is Halima Mohamed Mamuya.

August

The Sziget Festival – one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe – is held every August in northern Budapest, Hungary.  As part of the GTTP 20th Anniversary celebrations, GTTP Hungary invited students to enter a competition to win tickets to the event.

Two pairs of students won and both pairs prepared a video of their time at the amazing festival. Pictured here are Luca Nagy and Enikő Löbl from an excerpt of their video. (Luca was also one of the Hungarian winners of the Research Award for 2016).

Dr. Attila Horvath serves as the Director of GTTP Hungary.

September

In Ireland, the GTTP Student Research competition is now featured in Tourism Insight, an education program that provides valuable tourism insights to transition year students and other learners, informing them of career options within the tourism industry.

The new initiative was developed by the Irish Hospitality Institute in collaboration with the Institute of Technology Tralee with the support of Fáilte Ireland and the Irish Hotels Federation.

The initiative was formally launched nationwide 29th September 2016 by the Minister of State for Tourism, Patrick O’Donovan.

Pictured are:

  • Joe Dolan, President IHF
  • Mary Rose Stafford, Institute of Technology Tralee, Minister of State for Tourism
  • Patrick O’Donovan T.D
  • Natasha Kinsella, FIHI, (Programme Co-Founder) Regional Skills Manager Dublin and GTTP Ireland Director
  • John Mulcahy, Failte Ireland

October

On October 1st, 2016, GTTP Brazil organized a half-day conference celebrating the International Day of Tourism held on Sept 27th.  Alberto Martins, the President of GTTP Brazil, spoke to an audience of 45 students about Tourism and the need for talented young people to join the industry.

There were also presentations on the GTTP and Passport to the World, and then students were invited to share their impressions with colleagues and teachers.

The Director of GTTP Brazil is Mariana Aldrigui.

December

Each year the GTTP holds a competition for the best school research project. In honor of the 20th Anniversary, “Heritage Tourism” was chosen as the research topic for 2016.

Twenty high school and tertiary students from 10 countries were selected as the 2016 Student Research Competition winners out of some 2,000 entries. The students presented their research findings at the GTTP’s annual student/teacher conference Nice, France. Each country was represented by two student research partners from schools which use GTTP’s Passport to the World travel and tourism educational curriculum.

The winning pupils discussed how Heritage Tourism can attract more visitors and enhance the tourist experience in their respective countries. The students also explained their views on the role of sustainability and technology in supporting heritage tourism development.

The countries represented this year by the students and their accompanying teachers included: Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, South Africa, and Tanzania.