The GTTP is an educational program whose mission is to help educate the employees of the future. Its focus is on the Travel & Tourism industry, the world’s fastest growing industry, and on students in secondary and vocational schools.
GTTP members include: Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. The USA is an affiliate that is part of the National Academy Foundation.
The GTTP members are a partnership that is headquartered in a US-based charitable organization (http://www.globalinitiatives.org)
The organization was started in 1986 by the American Express Foundation, and became a program of Global Initiatives, Inc. in 1996.
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.
About 2,500 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, CWT (Carlson Wagonlit Travel), Delta Airlines, Enterprise Holdings, HRG (Hogg Robinson), Hertz, KDS, Starwood and Travelport. 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.
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 France at the corporate conference center of Amadeus. Local members of the Travel &Tourism industry provide work-study opportunities or internships.
In each country, there is a Director, who can be a university professor (as in Brazil, China and Hong Kong) or a government official (as in Jamaica), 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.
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 and to be ready for work or tertiary education.
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.
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 helps students develop positive attitudes toward work, an understanding of the global economy, and workforce-readiness skills, like team work, oral and written communication skills, ability to conduct research and to finish tasks on time. GTTP develops curricula, provides teacher training, and coordinates global activities for students.