Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP)

Student Research Competition

The 2022 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.

2022 Topic: Responsible Tourism Post Covid

The theme for the 2022 Student Research Competition will be Responsible Tourism Post Covid. Students will be asked how their community has changed its approach to think about sustainable and responsible tourism.

How the Competition Works

Students are asked to work in teams to consider creative ways to explore and express how their own community has dealt with Covid-19 and the ways in which tourism has been reshaped as a result.

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 early December 2022. 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

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

Be sure to review the Guidelines for the 2022 Research Competition, which includes an overview of what is meant by Responsible Tourism, and read the article on How to Write a Good Case Study

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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