Posts by Jess O'Connor
Tourism has been the talk of the town over the past few days, thanks to TRENZ 2015 in Rotorua (May 17-20). Several important announcements were made by industry leaders and Prime Minister John Key also made a speech.
We’ve been following the news closely; here’s what we learned from TRENZ 2015.
More skilled workers needed
New Zealand’s tourism industry is going from strength to strength, with arrival numbers increasing steadily and international marketing campaigns attracting more overseas visitors.News | Tagged New Zealand, Rotorua, Tourism, TRENZ 2015 |
Welcome to the first edition of the ITC Industry News Bulletin, a weekly round-up of the latest news from the airline, travel and tourism industries.
You can read more about the strategy behind the Industry News Bulletin here.
The New Zealand tourism industry will need as many as 36,000 more full-time workers by 2025, according to research released by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA) this week.
“TIA is working with the tourism industry to develop a People & Skills Strategy which looks at how to attract more people to work in the tourism industry in the short, medium and long term. This work is progressing well and we expect to launch it publicly later this year,” TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts said in a media release. (more…)Posted in News | Tagged Air New Zealand, Auckland Airport, Industry News, Nelson, Tourism New Zealand, Travel and Tourism Jobs, TRENZ |
For many secondary school students, attending a short course at the International Travel College (ITC) is the first time they experience life at tertiary level.
It can be quite daunting, leaving the familiarity of high school and travelling into the city for a course taught by an unknown teacher, in an unknown environment.
That’s why the team at ITC strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for every student that enters its doors. From the moment they step into the college, they are part of the ITC family. (more…)Posted in In Schools | Tagged cultural awareness, Customer Service, Short courses, Travel | Leave a reply
“Don’t neglect the gold in your own backyard.” – Ben Okri
What does the word travel mean to you? For most people, it signifies flying far away from home and exploring distant and exotic places. Perhaps you dream of seeing the Eiffel Tower and eating croissants in Paris, or hiking the Inca Trail in South America? Or maybe a Safari in Africa is more your thing, or a sailing tour in Croatia?
Creating a travel wishlist can feel exciting but also daunting. You may wonder: will I ever truly make it to all of these beautiful destinations? How can I afford to travel the world while I study and gain work experience?
If international travel seems a distant dream at this point, then we have an interim solution: why not explore your own backyard? (more…)Posted in Student success | Tagged Destination New Zealand, marketing, New Zealand, travel expo | Leave a reply
When secondary school students attend a short course at the International Travel College (ITC), they walk away with more than credits.
In many cases, students leave with a work experience opportunity, or even a job offer!
On a recent Tourism Short Course, ITC arranged for the students to participate on several industry visits, including sessions at the Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari, Auckland Adventure Jet and Explore New Zealand.
This approach connects students directly with the industry, allowing them to see for themselves what it is like to work in tourism.
It also provides students with the opportunity to make a good first impression with some of Auckland’s top tourism employers. (more…)Posted in In Schools | Tagged Auckland, Tourism, Work Experience | Leave a reply
Students at the International Travel College (ITC) hosted an outstanding Anzac Day Lunch to raise money for the RSA yesterday (23 April).
The smell of delicious hot food and baked goods wafted through the student common room, drawing in generous donations from students and staff alike.
Whether you prefer fried chicken and potato salad or sweet fried bread and chocolate brownie, there was something there to suit everyone’s taste buds. (more…)Posted in News | Tagged Anzac Day |
Sharon Roy studied at ITC and is now working at the college as our new Student Services Adviser. Below she tells us a little bit about herself.
Noa’ia e mauri, as you know I’m Sharon Roy your Student Services Adviser. I attended Epsom Girls High School where some of my favourite subjects were Geography and Travel and Tourism. (more…)Posted in Staff News | Tagged ITC Staff, travel & tourism | Leave a reply
At the beginning of this year the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) unveiled four new Level 2 short courses for secondary school students. These new courses will help students achieve credits for vocational pathways, as well as give them a taste of tertiary life.
Students may choose from a short course in Aviation, Employment Skills, Customer Service or Problem Solving – or if it suits, they may decide to complete all four.
Each course is one day and worth 2 credits. Although short, these courses pack a big punch. (more…)Posted in In Schools | Tagged ITC in Schools, Level 2 courses, secondary school short courses | Leave a reply
At the International Travel College (ITC), we like to do some pretty amazing things.
But there’s one annual event on our student calendar that is the most Amazing of them all… the ITC Amazing Race!
Every year we send our students on a hunt for clues around Auckland City. In 2015 we stepped the competition up a notch. Here’s ten reasons why the 2015 ITC Amazing Race was Amazing.
1. The Costumes Reached Superheroic Proportions
Batwoman. Captain America. The Hulk. Need we say more?Student success | Tagged field trips, Student events, The Amazing Race | Leave a reply
Working at 30,000 feet, meeting people from different cultures, travelling the world… in many ways, a career as a flight attendant really is living the dream!
However, like all dreams, becoming a successful flight attendant takes hard work, commitment and dedication.
Many people turn up to interviews underprepared and can be rejected before their dream has even started. We don’t want that to happen to you! (more…)Posted in News | Tagged career tips, flight attendant recruitment workshop, flight attendant training |