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10 reasons why Auckland is an amazing place to study

Posted on 24/01/2017 by

Imagine studying in a city like this? Auckland is one of the most livable cities in the world and is a great place for international students.

Thinking about moving to Auckland for your studies? Whether you’re from elsewhere in New Zealand or from overseas, you’ll love this beautiful, vibrant city and its friendly people.

Here’s 10 reasons why Auckland is an amazing place to study.

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Highlights from 2016

Posted on 20/12/2016 by
It's been a vibrant and wonderful year at The International Travel College of New Zealand.

It’s been a vibrant and wonderful year at The International Travel College of New Zealand.

December is a time for reflection and celebration; an opportunity to look back at the year that has been and raise a glass to the many milestones achieved along the way.

2016 has certainly been a big year for ITC. We’ve welcomed hundreds of new students, raised money for several charities, turned 20, and so much more.

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Six ways to be a tourist in your own backyard this summer

Posted on 06/12/2016 by
Get a group of friends together and "play tourists" in your own backyard this summer; New Zealand is beautiful and you'll never run out of new places to explore.

Get a group of friends together and “play tourists” in your own backyard this summer.

One of the best ways to learn about tourism in New Zealand (other than studying at ITC, of course!) is to get out there and experience the industry for yourself.

Here are six ways to be a tourist in your own backyard this summer.

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Love helping people? A career in travel & tourism could be your calling

Posted on 22/11/2016 by
In particular, airports are a great place to work if you love helping others.

In particular, airports are a great place to work if you love helping others.

If you love helping people, you probably desire a meaningful career. Perhaps you’ve considered becoming a counsellor, teacher, social worker or nurse? Or maybe you dream of one day working for a charity?

These are all fantastic career choices for compassionate individuals, but you might want to add another option to your list of altruistic careers: travel and tourism.

According to a recent survey by the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC), many respondents said the best thing about working in travel and tourism is helping others.

“I love helping people and interacting with them – knowing that I could help or assist someone with something makes me happy,” said one ITC graduate, Nadine Semuelu.

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5 ways to get travel and tourism work experience while you study

Posted on 08/11/2016 by
Get your foot in the door of the travel and tourism industry by making the most of work experience opportunities.

Get your foot in the door of the travel and tourism industry by making the most of work experience opportunities.

If there’s two words you will hear over and over again at ITC it’s these: work experience, work experience, work experience.

Did we mention work experience?

Doing some work experience in the travel and tourism industry while you study is one of the best ways to increase your chances of landing a dream job after you graduate.

“Work while you study, no matter what job it is,” says ITC graduate Aish Rangarajan, who is currently working as Marketing Manager (NZ & Pacific Islands) for Tourism Malaysia.

“Every experience gets you that much closer to your dream job!” she adds.

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Five key takeaways from Discussing Tourism Auckland

Posted on 06/09/2016 by
ITC students Meleane Teu and Alapasita Tupou recently attended the Discussing Tourism Auckland event. Here they are pictured together, and with ITC Managing Director Kerry Priestley.

ITC students Meleane Teu and Alapasita Tupou recently attended the Discussing Tourism Auckland event. Here they are pictured together, and with ITC Managing Director Kerry Priestley.

Last month, two students from the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) won tickets to attend Discussing Tourism Auckland, an informative event hosted by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA). Below, one of the lucky students – Meleane Teu – shares three key things she learned on the day.

It was a great opportunity to be selected to attend this event. We were lucky that our home tutor, Dr Amira, informed us about the event and asked us if we wanted to go. I applied straight away, and not long after I received an email confirming that I had won a ticket.

I learned a lot from the event. We are currently studying a number of the topics discussed in our Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management Level 5.

Here’s five things that stood out the most.

Tourism 2025 strategy

The chief executive of TIA, Chris Roberts, spoke about New Zealand’s tourism strategy for 2025. This is something we have analysed in class, so it was very interesting to hear firsthand from Mr Roberts about what has happened in the two years since the strategy launched. He spoke about how industry is growing and the challenges that New Zealand faces.

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Happy Birthday ITC!

Posted on 30/08/2016 by
This year, ITC is celebrating its 20th birthday, marking two decades since it opened its doors to students in 1996.

This year, ITC is celebrating its 20th birthday, marking two decades since it first opened its doors in 1996.

What were you doing 20 years ago? Whether you were studying, working, travelling, or even yet to be born, something happened 20 years ago that has since shaped the life of thousands of travel and tourism students: ITC was born.

On 3 September 1996, the International Travel College of New Zealand opened its doors for the first time. This was long before the days of the City Road or Botany campus; the first campus was located on Hobson Street in Auckland city, just around the corner from the Sky Tower (which was built only two years prior, in 1994).

Founded by Karen Houston, ITC quickly earned an excellent reputation for its innovative teaching methods and intimate class sizes. Back then, as now, studying at ITC was like ‘being part of a family’. You don’t just walk away with a qualification; you walk away with lifelong friends and a passion for travel and tourism.

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ITC students visit Auckland tourism hot spots for the 2016 Amazing Race

Posted on 05/04/2016 by
ITC Amazing Race Green Fairies

More than 200 brightly-clad ITC students hit the streets of Auckland in late March for the ‘Amazing Race’ student event.

On Wednesday March 23, ITC held one of its most popular annual student events: the Amazing Race.

Inspired by the television series of the same name, every year ITC organises a fun, fast-paced race around Auckland Central, as each team battles to win the coveted glory of being first across the finish line.

This year the day went well – despite the rain – with approximately 52 teams competing from both ITC’s City and South Auckland campuses.

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#ThrowbackTuesday: Easter at ITC throughout the years [photo blog]

Posted on 22/03/2016 by

 
With Easter weekend fast approaching (yay for short weeks!), we thought we’d do a little something different on the blog today and share some photos of our favourite ITC Easter memories!

We love celebrating holidays at the college (especially those that involve chocolate), and Easter is no exception. Enjoy this #ThrowbackTuesday photo edition – see if you can spot your tutors or friends?

Easter at ITC 2015
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Learning outside the classroom: ITC students visit Te Tahawai Marae

Posted on 02/02/2016 by
ITC students visit Te Tahawai Marae to learn about Maori culture

ITC students learn how to weave flax and perform a traditional Maori song and dance at Te Tahawai Marae

A group of students from ITC’s South Auckland campus recently visited Te Tahawai Marae in Pakuranga to learn about Māori culture. The students are currently studying a cultural unit which requires them to research the many different cultures that are important to New Zealand’s tourism industry.

They were welcomed onto the marae with a traditional powhiri, followed by an engaging history lesson about the marae’s heritage. The group learned about the significance of some carvings and listened to stories that have been passed down from ancestors.

ITC tutor Cathy Alder said it was wonderful to see the students enjoy this special experience.

“As most of our students are from different parts of the world, this is sometimes their first time in a marae. This visit was a great insight into the beliefs and practices of Māori culture, as well as an insight as to how much this culture is a part of the New Zealand tourism industry,” says Cathy.

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