GTTP Ireland supports an introductory online course called “Tourism Insight” which allows students to inform and explore social, economic and geographical aspects of tourism and to recognise Ireland’s unique culture and heritage. It particularly focusing on informing students, guidance counsellors and parents about the career opportunities that exists within the sector to influence potential career choice.
The Co- Founder Natasha Kinsella ex CEO with the Irish Hospitality Institute (IHI, a professional body for the hospitality/tourism sector) has undertaken research in the development of a new online Tourism Insight Programme in conjunction with Institute of Technology Tralee and supported by Failte Ireland. Other educational providers also involved as part of the development and research which include DIT, Shannon college of Hotel Management & Griffith College Dublin.
The “Tourism Insight” online programme now launching September 2016, signals an initiative in tourism education involving key stakeholders that include, the Department of Education & Department of Tourism, the National Tourism Development Authority/Failte Ireland, Irish Hotels Federation, Restaurants Association of Ireland and a number of key business within Tourism & Hospitality as listed below.
The programme itself incorporates elements of the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP). Students in addition to the programme also have access to a number of international competitions, including, Travel Writing, Photography and a Research Award developed by GTTP member countries, including Ireland. Delivery options for Transition Year and other schools/colleges offering the programme online is flexible. With four key modules, each one would deliver over 2 full classes (40minute class, twice for each module).
Course completion certificates, which are endorsed by the Industry Partners, are available to students who successfully complete the programme.
For more details about the “Tourism Insight”, click here.
Schools and Colleges offering the programme receive support from the Travel & Tourism Industry in the form of lectures from industry professionals, opportunities for work experience, and a detailed guide to teaching resources. The component modules of the programme include: An Introduction to Tourism, Career in Hospitality & Tourism, Great Customer Service and The Tourism Landscape.
The tripartite educational project aims to develop students’ inter-personal skills, to promote the national importance of tourism to the economy among young people and to highlight the career opportunities in tourism and hospitality.
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The Irish Hospitality Institute is a professional membership body that represents over 1,000 Hospitality Professionals throughout Ireland. Our role is to assist and encourage our members to take responsibility for their own development, to facilitate networking, recognition and career advancement and promote excellence in our Industry.
Mission: “To lead and encourage hospitality professionals to generate knowledge, to take responsibility for their own development and deliver world class service”.
Institute of Technology Tralee who developed this online programme also offers a TMDP programme. This programme offers those currently employed in the Hotel Industry the opportunity to pursue a degree in Hotel Management while simultaneously working with their sponsoring employer. Each year of the programme will comprise of the delivery of 60 credits of study through a blended learning approach.
Natasha Kinsella FIHI, MA, MSc, BSc
Chairman, GTTP Ireland