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From Denny’s to Disney: Meet the ITC graduate chasing her Disney dreams

Posted on 22/08/2017 by

ITC graduate Sharon Beardsmore exploring Alaska with her travel kiwi. Sharon is now living and working at Disney World.

Just a few months ago, Sharon Beardsmore was working as a waitress at Denny’s while she saved for the trip of a lifetime.

Now, Sharon is living and working at Disney World in Orlando, Florida – a childhood dream come true.

We caught up with Sharon just before she left to Disney to learn about her studies at ITC, her passion for travel, and what the future has in store.


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ITC students hear from industry leaders at Discussing Tourism event

Posted on 15/08/2017 by

ITC students Justine Tai and Talei Halofaki at the Discussing Tourism event in Auckland.

Two ITC students recently attended the Discussing Tourism event in Auckland on 27 July.

Talei Halofaki and Justine Tai both received special invitations to attend the event after they were nominated by their tutor, Kirsten Leith, for their excellent standard of work and passion and enthusiasm for working in the tourism industry.

Kirsten accompanied the students to the event, which was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in central Auckland.


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Highlights from the 2017 ITC Graduation at the Langham

Posted on 08/08/2017 by

ITC staff and students showcase their culture at the 2017 Graduation ceremony.

Every year, the International Travel College holds a glamorous graduation ceremony at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. This special event is a chance to celebrate every new ITC graduate – and it’s always a night to remember. 

This year, the ceremony was held on the evening of Friday 21st July. The theme was ‘Your Culture’, where everyone dressed up as something from their own country. As always, everyone made an amazing effort – the array of colours and costumes was nothing short of spectacular. 

Here are some highlights from the evening. 


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Take your career to the next level with the NZ Diploma in Tourism (Level 5)

Posted on 01/08/2017 by

Prepare for a career in tourism management with the New Zealand Diploma of Tourism (Level 5).

Are you ambitious, self-motivated, passionate about tourism, a natural leader, and great with people?

If so, a management career could be your calling – and the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism (Level 5) could help you fulfil your leadership potential.

This Level 5 Diploma helps to prepare you for a management career in the airline, travel and tourism industry. It builds on the topics covered throughout the Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications, and arms you with the skills necessary to take on a leadership role.


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3 reasons to return to study after you get your first tourism job

Posted on 25/07/2017 by

Returning to study after a few years in the tourism workforce can be a great way to take your career to the next level.

If you’ve been working in tourism for a while, and you’re looking for your next career opportunity, returning to study at Level 5 could help you get a better, higher paid job.

Your first tourism job is just the beginning. Here are three reasons to return to study after you’ve had some work experience.


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ITC sees off Disney students with special morning tea

Posted on 18/07/2017 by

Disney World here they come! These excited ITC students will start their Disney Cultural Exchange Program next month. ITC put on a special morning tea today to celebrate their upcoming trip.

Last month, ITC received the exciting news that 14 talented graduates have been accepted to participate in the Disney Cultural Exchange Program.

The graduates are heading to Disney World in August to live and work at the amazing Disney Resort, where they’ll gain valuable work experience and meet other exchange participants from around the world.

Today, the College put on a special Disney Morning Tea to celebrate.


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Love airports? You’ll love the NZ Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation (Level 3)

Posted on 11/07/2017 by

Make your dream of working at the airport come true by studying the NZ Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation (Level 3).

Do you love going to the airport? Are you the first person to volunteer to pick up or drop off travelling friends and relatives? Would you love to work as a check-in agent, baggage handler, or customer service assistant? Or, let’s be honest, you’d happily take any job – as long as it’s at the airport?

If you’re thinking “yes! Tell me more!”, then you’ll love the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism with a Strand in Aviation (Level 3).


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Introducing ITC’s Employment Consultants

Posted on 04/07/2017 by

Sarndra and Cathy are dedicated to helping ITC students gain employment in the airline, travel and tourism industry.

The International Travel College (ITC) has been helping students find jobs in the airline, travel and tourism industry for over 21 years.

This year, ITC has taken this support to the next level by creating two new roles dedicated to helping more students find employment.

Introducing ITC’s Employment Consultants – longstanding and experienced ITC staff members and passionate tourism industry advocates Sarndra Stephens and Catherine Alder.

Both Sarndra and Cathy are dedicated to helping ITC students and graduates gain employment in the airline, travel and tourism workforce.


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An ITC love story: Mel & Ceri get engaged!

Posted on 27/06/2017 by

A sky-high proposal – Mel and Ceri get engaged at 192m above the ground!

Love is in the air at the International Travel College, with Account Manager Ceri Jenkins and Marketing & Schools Leader Mel Fey celebrating their engagement.

Ceri got down on one knee 192 metres above ground – he surprised Mel on top of the Sky Tower while they were doing the SkyWalk.

“I was super nervous about the height but more afraid of the ring not fitting. As you will see on the video, it took a little squeezing on – happy to say with the string now off it, it now fits perfectly!” says Ceri.

Little did Mel know, Ceri had been planning the surprise proposal for 9 months. He enlisted the help of the team at SkyWalk, who discreetly attached the engagement ring to his SkyWalk jumpsuit.


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ITC grad lands amazing cruise ship job AND is off to Disney World!

Posted on 13/06/2017 by

Shania Wheatley’s tourism career is off to a flying start thanks to her motivation and her qualification from ITC.

It’s been an amazing year for Shania Wheatley. In mid-2016, she packed her bags and moved from Hamilton to Auckland to study tourism at the International Travel College – and she hasn’t looked back.

Since arriving in Auckland, she’s graduated with a Level 4 tourism qualification, landed a job in the cruise ship industry, and been accepted into the Disney Cultural Exchange Program.

“Moving from Hamilton was a hard decision. Living on my own, working, and studying at the same time was a challenge – but it was well worth it,” says Shania.


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