GTTP Beyond the Numbers

Our GTTP discussions frequently feature numbers. We talk about expense numbers, fundraising numbers, numbers of students served, number of participating countries, programs, and partners. This quantifiable information is an essential measure of the program’s condition and direction. Numbers also give us a solid foundation for policy decisions. But there is a greater and less easily measured dimension of our program. That is its impact on real people.

The GTTP is a catalyst for change, often life-altering change, in the personal lives and professional prospects of participating students and teachers. They, in turn, benefit the travel & tourism industry as well as their communities and countries in myriad ways. These many contributions may not be quantifiable but they are the essence of what we do. The words of the participants themselves convey this broader sense of the value of the GTTP.

What Participants Say

  • Tourism’s true value is in its people. UNWTO, as the United Nations Specialized Agency for Tourism, would like to congratulate the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership for the immense contribution it has made over the last 20 years to tourism development by educating youth around the world on the potential of a career in tourism.

    Taleb Rifai, Former Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization– UNWTO
  • As a result of our participation in the Adventure Tourism & Sustainability ideas generation competition we gained a new attitude towards tourism. Assuming the roles of creators of new tourism products and services that provide people adventure and excitement helped us understand the importance and attractiveness of high quality of tourism impressions and experiences. It looks like a great career opportunity.

    Vladimir Brovin, Roman Balfetkin, Tver– Russia
  • Our team enjoyed participation in the competition Adventure Tourism and Sustainability for several reasons. On one hand we find the topic extremely interesting and appealing. On the other hand we think that plenty of sites in our region can be completely re-shaped thanks to our ideas. We were able to look at tourism in our area in a completely new way. We were immersed in discussions and plans. And we realized that tourism provides for a wide variety of innovation and creativity. We’ll certainly continue working on the project and hope to understand better what it takes to work in the travel and tourism industry.

    Anastasia Matveeva, Meara Polina, Pechory, Pskov region– Russia
  • I was pleasantly surprised to learn how versatile tourism can be and how interestingly it can be taught. Participation in the competition helped seeing ordinary things at a completely different unexpected angle. This experience has changed for better my understanding that tourism is not limited by common standards.

    Bulat Sultanbekov. Kazan– Russia
  • I want to say huge thanks to the organizers of the Adventure Tourism and Sustainability competition. It has completely changed my understanding of the world of travel & tourism. I began to think more deeply about what it really takes to make every trip memorable. If I work in tourism, I would carry out all my plans and discover something truly new.

    Aliona Kochetova,Mosow– Russia
  • I am greatly honored and privileged to associate myself with GTTP for all the opportunities it has provided to me as an individual. I really do appreciate because I am now aware of most of the careers involved in Travel and Tourism, and to all the Global partners thank you very much for all the support financially and also in other aspects to GTTP.

    Loreen Gachambi Mugai, Student– Kenya
  • The idea about the GTTP and studying Travel & Tourism is a noble one. It has opened a new world unknown before by both the teachers and students. The study has enabled the GTTP teachers and students to acquire many skills including taking photographs, carrying out research as well as exploring their country.

    Peter Mwangi, Teacher– Kenya
  • Our gratitude goes for you for supporting us to participate in the GTTP Conference & Competition. Through the whole progress, we developed our research skills, as well as our presentation skills, not to mention English language. And we were very proud that we did something real during the last 8 months. It was difficult to do all kinds of researches, questionnaires and interviews by ourselves, but we found a lot of fun and also learned a lot from the conference. In China, tourism industry is a sunshine industry and Festival Tourism is becoming more and more popular for tourists. It is a great chance to share our experience on the development of Festival Tourism with different countries. It was an amazing trip for us. And once again, thanks very much.

    Zhe Chen (Claire) and Ping Huang (Amanda), Students– China
  • The [GTTP] allows our students to know and understand all the richness of our city, and they always identify opportunities to develop their careers in the hospitality sector.

    Assunção Grinet, teacher– Brazil
  • I am really grateful for the opportunity to study the Passport to the World program as it gave me much new knowledge about travel and tourism, and it\’s the area where I want to build my future career.

    Ilmira Khairova, Student– Russia
  • The GTTP is a perfect way for our companies to give back to the communities where we operate and help young students discover a career in the Travel & Tourism industry.

    Charles Petruccelli, Founder, GTTP Global Partner Advisory Board– Pelleas Partners Holding
  • In my opinion, the basic school program is very important for getting general knowledge of the main subjects but not our future careers. So Passport to the World was of great importance. We were able to learn not only about tourism careers, but also general rules of job effectiveness and success.

    Ksenia Oskina, Student– Russia
  • The case study competition was most fulfilling and rewarding. A wealth of information was obtained during the data collection and compiling it gave a sense of satisfaction… The presentations highlighting the history/culture of the different countries/continents were real eye-openers. Going to the conference was simply awesome, a once in a lifetime experience.

    Audrey Francis, Teacher, Oberlin High School– Jamaica
  • The Case Writing Competition and Conference was exceptional: educational, enjoyable, enlightening and exciting. It is indelibly etched in my mind.

    Orville Thompson, Student– Jamaica
  • Things are really coming together on the skills and training side of the travel industry…The Institute of Travel and Tourism has backed [GTTP\’s] Passport to the World initiative. … Hundreds of thousands of travel students…will join the scheme and the ITT\’s support will boost much-needed travel training.

    Martin Couzins, Managing Editor– Travel Weekly
  • At the Student/Teacher Conference it was truly amazing to see language barriers being shattered and inter-cultural relationships being formed. This experience was unforgettable, the friendships formed are for a lifetime and the knowledge gained truly useful. Thank you GTTP.

    Alcia Bromfield, Teacher, Munro College– Jamaica
  • It was really great to study Passport to the World. I am planning to commit myself to the career in travel and tourism, but even should I choose another professional path I am sure this knowledge will be useful for me as an educated and responsible tourist.

    Kristina Klimyuk, Student– Russia
  • We know how important it is for students to have a global perspective.

    Charles Petruccelli, Founder, GTTP Global Partner Advisory Board– Pelleas Partners Holding
  • Being given the opportunity to showcase our history and roots at the student teacher conference has assisted my own personal understanding of the rich history that Jamaica possesses and helped me understand how other countries value their own culture. Thanks GTTP!

    Nadjra McKellar, Student– Jamaica
  • As a student of Passport to the World, I have been observing and learning that tourism has an important role in the economic development of the cities, states and countries. Everyone should know how it works.

    Aryanne Crystinne Campos, Student– Brazil
  • Having Travel & Tourism in our school has helped me develop a respect for my culture and heritage. I want to strive to keep everything perfect for future generations.

    Natalia Bolotova, Student– Russia
  • I want to thank you for changing the lives of two young 17-year old girls from previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa. There was no vision… no dreams…and no light! But this project gave them something to be proud of…to dream of…and to work for!

    Yolande Heymans, Tourism Teacher– Teacher
  • The GTTP is one of the best examples of a public-private partnership coming together in education and Travelport is both proud of its association with the GTTP and committed to expanding the countries and the number of students within them who can obtain their ‘Passport to the World.

    Gordon Wilson, President and CEO– Travelport
  • At Starwood we believe that investing in education and job training is critical to the economic stability of communities around the World. We view GTTP’s program as a fantastic way to provide vocational tourism education to an underserved younger generation that will then have the potential to become the tourism industry’s workforce of tomorrow.

    Alexandra Leclerc Associate Director, Global Citizenship, EAME– Starwood Hotels & Resorts
  • We are proud of our commitment to the GTTP. We care about the future generations looking to make their mark in the travel industry and we want them to thrive, grow and be successful. The GTTP helps that to happen, globally.

    Amanda Hanlin, Director of Global Strategic Growth– HRG
  • I would recommend this program to anyone who would like to pursue a career in travel and tourism. Thanks to this program, I know I have made the right (career) choice.

    Student Graduate– GTTP Graduate
  • I especially valued the experiential trips. One trip was inspirational because I realized just how important communication is between people. Up to that point the French language component was just another school subject; it was not that important to me. After our trip I became more interested in learning and using the French language.

    Student Graduate– GTTP Graduate
  • The grade ten program that I enrolled in was the best thing that I could have done for myself. It opened a lot of doors that I was looking through but was scared to enter.

    Graduate– Canada
  • (The Canadian TTP gave me) an opportunity to meet new people, to acquire new skills and to participate in many activities. My success in the (tourism) industry is tied to providing excellent customer service and having a great attitude. I enjoy working in a fast paced job that is demanding of all I can give.

    Canadian Graduate– GTTP Graduate
  • (Personally,) for the satisfaction of coming in contact with new experiences of life and meeting new people of diverse habits, customs, cultures and knowledge bases. Professionally, “for feeling each moment the necessity of continual renovation in the knowledge of diverse areas of professional performance. Best of all was seeing changes in students’ attitudes and, consequently, the change in the external aspects of their lives. You also see that your educational actions promote a higher quality of life for teachers, the students and the local and school communities.

    Lucia Cerqueira– Brazil
  • (The Aldo Papone case study was)”a wake up call on environmental education, one which takes on more and more significance each day and can be seen through the involvement that is flourishing in surprising form, from which we all stand to gain. It was possible to contribute by showing, through a case-study on the Ecopark, already cited in some national magazines, this richness to be found in the south of Bahia.

    Tania Xavier, the Brazil GTTP Coordinator– Brazil
  • I must confess that (the conference) was the biggest and most important experience of my life. For the first time, I was faced with a situation so special, it was a different world. Today I can define my life in two stages: before and after the Brazil [GTTP].

    Teacher– Brazil
  • Discovering the program changed my life. The manner in which the project was implemented and developed, the dedication and interest of the teachers, the creativity of the students and the will of the directors and business partners resulted in excellence and the graduation of the first class of the Academy of Travel and Tourism in our city. It is with pride that I can affirm that this experience significantly helped my growth, not only professionally, but mainly in the enhancement of my knowledge. With this work I could change many ideas and motivate many others who lacked expectations, courage or decisiveness. The entire community started to perceive the benefits. The vision of the youth involved in the process wasn’t the same afterwards. A new consciousness was born there that would express itself in tourism in a city that previously had very little to offer. For me, it was a great honor to participate in this unique and innovative process which has brought new (opportunities) to the lives of many people.

    Ari Coutinho, Teacher– Brazil
  • (My) students have changed their opinion about South Africa and have become more patriotic. I can honestly say that my learners have become lifelong ambassadors for South Africa.

    Mrs Nalini Thomas of Natal– South Africa
  • . . . educators mentioned that learners who were previously involved in gangs, were B candidates in their final Senior Certificate Exams. These learners were once classified as ‘problematic’ learners and later became strong leaders on whom we could depend.

    Mrs Aniet Louw of South Africa’s Northern Cape Department of Education– South Africa
  • The travel & tourism subject has made a difference not only to the learners and the teachers but also to the whole community. Our students take what they learn in the classroom back to their communities in which they live. Our whole community is learning about the economic value of tourism and that tourism benefits everybody no matter how poor you are. Tourism education has made people realize that crime discourages tourists from visiting and if the whole community is to benefit from tourism then we have to ensure that tourists feel safe when they visit us.

    A South African educator describes the TTP’s impact on his community– South Africa
  • The wealth which all countries plan for, search for, is to give their children a solid, conscious, and participatory education, which can be made visible in day-to-day life within those social groups in which they take part. This opportunity was amply provided to my daughter, Lidiane by the Brazil GTTP and her trip to the student-teacher conference solidified one more dream in relation to my daughter’s education.

    Father of Brazilian student, Lidiane Aparaceida Fernandes– Brazil
  • Having Travel and Tourism in our school has helped me develop a respect for my culture and heritage. I want to strive to keep everything perfect for future generations.” (The GTTP) made me realize how important tourism is to South Africa and our local communities.

    Student– South Africa
  • learned through exposure to (GTTP cultural studies) that “I could move beyond the boundaries of my personal and cultural life.

    Lidiane Aparaceida Fernandes– Brazil
  • I’ve been studying in this school for ten years, the last two years were especially splendid because (of the GTTP program)…I’m sure that my future is going to be connected with tourism.

    Anna Lobkovskaye– Russia
  • [TTP] has changed my future. During the lessons we have learnt many interesting facts. What is more, we’ve acquired practical skills in tourism. Working (at an airlines) made up my mind to work in tourism after the university.

    Ponomaryova Nastya– Russia
  • If you ask me what role the Travel & Tourism Program has played in my life, I’ll firmly say, that its significance is extremely great. These lessons have opened to me a magnificent world of countries, their population and customs, tourism, and its organization. Thank you!!!

    Tanya Stepanova– Russia
  • I gained an understanding of the industry and the confidence to apply for a range of jobs.

    Ian Taylor– United Kingdom
  • I am so glad I chose to study a vocational programme in Leisure & Tourism. I intend to become a chef when I leave school.

    Lloyd Williams– United Kingdom
  • I learned that there is a lot of competition that Canada has to face. This makes me more interested in this field because I would love to help bring tourists to Canada and help bring new ideas as well.

    Student– Canada

Only a few of the thousands of GTTP participants have been quoted here but their words give a glimpse of the ways the GTTP has affected them and their world. New doors of understanding, experience and opportunity have been opened young people around the globe, including those who, after secondary school, might otherwise have no options in life beyond poverty and dead-end jobs. Families find pride and hope for the future in their students’ accomplishments. Communities and regions experience the economic and cultural benefits brought by educated graduates and an improved tourism environment. These are just some of the many ways that the GTTP improves the lives of those who participate, yielding rich returns for the investments we make to it.