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TRENZ 2015: What we learned

Posted on 21/05/2015 by
Most of the announcements at TRENZ 2015 underlined one key message: the NZ tourism industry is going from strength to strength

Most of the announcements at TRENZ 2015 underlined one key message: the NZ tourism industry is going from strength to strength

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.

As highlighted yesterday in the ITC Industry News Bulletin, the industry will need to hire around 36,000 more full-time workers by 2025 to meet this growth. (more…)

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #1

Posted on 20/05/2015 by
In this week's Industry Bulletin tourism jobs are in high demand, Tourism NZ launches a new campaign and TRENZ opens in Rotorua, plus many more interesting stories

In this week’s Industry Bulletin tourism jobs are in high demand, Tourism NZ launches a new campaign and TRENZ opens in Rotorua, plus many more interesting stories

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.

TOP STORIES

Tourism industry set to grow

Tourism workforce set to grow almost 40%

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…)

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ITC a ‘second home’ for short course students

Posted on 12/05/2015 by
The ITC Travel Short Course finished on a high note, with a cultural themed shared lunch. The students all made a wonderful effort with their costumes

The ITC Travel Short Course finished on a high note, with a cultural themed shared lunch. The students all made a wonderful effort with their costumes

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…)

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ITC students discover the best of New Zealand

Posted on 06/05/2015 by
ITC students showcased their knowledge of New Zealand's top tourism destinations during a recent assessment

ITC students showcased their knowledge of New Zealand’s top tourism destinations during a recent assessment

“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…)

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ITC short course leads to work experience for students

Posted on 30/04/2015 by
Explore New Zealand offered a recent group of ITC short course students the opportunity to do some work experience

Explore New Zealand recently offered a group of ITC short course students the opportunity to do some work experience

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…)

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ITC Anzac Day Fundraiser a huge success

Posted on 24/04/2015 by
The wonderful ITC Student Council organised the Anzac Day Event, which raised nearly $400 for the RSA

The wonderful ITC Student Council organised the Anzac Day Event, which raised nearly $400 for the RSA

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…)

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Introducing Sharon Roy

Posted on 22/04/2015 by
Sharon Roy is the new friendly face at ITC Reception. Come and say hi!

Sharon Roy is the new friendly face at the ITC Reception Desk

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…)

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ITC’s new Level 2 short courses a hit with secondary school students

Posted on 16/04/2015 by
Secondary school students at a the ITC Level 2 Problem Solving short course

Students working together as a team during a recent Level 2 problem solving short course

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…)

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Ten Reasons Why the 2015 ITC Amazing Race was Amazing

Posted on 30/03/2015 by

At the International Travel College (ITC), we like to do some pretty amazing things.

Like take our students bungy jumping.
Bungy

And Bridge Climbing.
Bridge Climbing

And White Water Rafting.
Rafting GIF

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?

Batwoman, Captain America and The Hulk (more…)

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So you want to be a flight attendant?

Posted on 23/03/2015 by
Come to ITC's Flight Attendant Recruitment Workshop on Saturday 28 March to learn more about this exciting career choice

ITC Tutor Mel Fey with some flight attending students. Come to ITC’s Flight Attendant Recruitment Workshop on Saturday 28 March to learn more about this exciting career choice

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…)

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