Student Research Competition

The 2023 Student Research Competition has been generously sponsored by IHG

Each year, the GTTP holds a competition for the best school research project on a given topic. Students develop their research skills, analytical skills, and communication skills, all of which are essential for a successful career in travel & tourism.

2023 Topic:

Building a Resilient Workforce for a Sustainable Future 

How the Competition Works

Participating students are asked to consider creative ways to illustrate key recommendations that could help ensure a sustainable talent pipeline for the future of the sector at local level.

Teams submit their entries to their national competition. Each GTTP member country determines how it will organize its national competition, what is required to enter, and when the entries must be submitted. All questions on entering your national competition should be directed to the GTTP Director in your country.

Each GTTP member country then selects one winning team. The winning team is invited to the GTTP International Student Teacher Conference, to be held in the UK in November 2023.   Some flights and accommodation are generously covered by the GTTP Global Partners.

The winning teams present their research findings, participate in activities and sightseeing, and meet students and teachers from all GTTP-member countries, plus representatives from the GTTP Global Partners and Board of Directors.

Getting Started

You may want to consider the following:

  • Do people in your community view the tourism industry positively or negatively?
  • What do young people consider when choosing a career?
  • “Talent Wars” is there competition for staff from other industries?
  • Why would a student consider – or not – a career in tourism?
  • Why might people working in tourism stay or leave the industry?
  • What are tourism businesses doing to be responsible employers?
  • Are there ways the tourism industry in your community could improve the image of the industry as a career option?

Connect with your GTTP Country Director to get the full details on your national competition criteria and deadlines.

\You may also wish to review past winners’ projects. A full list can be found here.

History of the Competition

An endowment established in honour of Aldo Papone, former president of American Express Travel Related Service Company, helps fund the competition. Mr. Papone was a strong believer in tourism education and student creativity. When he retired, a fund was established in his name to support excellence and innovation in tourism education. The GTTP’s share of the fund is used to support the research competition.

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