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ITC tutors bring love of tourism to the classroom

Posted on 16/05/2017 by

ITC tutors LOVE tourism! ITC supports them to undertake formal teacher training so they can share this passion with students. 

Every tutor at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) shares at least one trait in common: a love of tourism.

ITC employs tutors based on their passion for the industry – they are tourism professionals first, teachers second.

It’s their boundless enthusiasm for tourism that makes them so great in the classroom. Their passion for the subject is infectious, and this resonates with the students.

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ITC tutor achieves Master of Business with First Class Honours

Posted on 18/04/2017 by

Everyone at ITC is overjoyed for Carla’s amazing achievement. Congratulations, Carla!

For the past ten years, ITC Level 5 programme leader Carla Sutton has been chipping away at something special – her further education.

She may be a tutor and a programme manager, but she never stopped being a student. After work, Carla dedicated her spare time to learning new skills.

First, she completed a Bachelor of Business through Unitec, with an amazing A+ grade point average. And now, she has completed a Master of Business with First Class Honours.

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Virgin truths: What I learned from An Evening with Sir Richard Branson

Posted on 04/04/2017 by

ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley, and her husband Jon Huxley, recently attended An Evening With Sir Richard Branson at Vector Arena.

ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley recently attended An Evening with Sir Richard Branson at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Here’s what she learned from the famous entrepreneur who continues to make waves in the global airline, travel and tourism industry.

On Sunday 26 March, I was in the same room as Sir Richard Branson. Wow! I never thought I’d write those words.

I joined 2,000 of New Zealand’s movers and shakers, business leaders, Virgin fans, journalists, and curious souls to listen to Sir Richard in conversation with the Right Honourable John Key.

We couldn’t take any pictures, but I did scribble down lots of notes. I believe we can all learn a lot from this innovative entrepreneur, especially how his bold ideas are transforming the travel industry. Here are a few of my favourite takeaways from the special evening.

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A day in the life of Daniel Maine – Tourism Education Tutor

Posted on 28/03/2017 by

Meet Daniel Maine, ITC’s Tourism Education Tutor. He teaches high school students about the exciting airline, travel and tourism industry.

Known around College for his infectious laughter and incredible style, Daniel Maine is a Tourism Education Tutor at ITC. Below, he gives us a glimpse into his daily routine.

Describe your typical day

My typical day is that no two days are the same! I could be teaching at campus one day, and the next day be soaking wet from a jetboating adventure in the Auckland Harbour. The next week I might be boarding a flight to deliver tourism courses around New Zealand – my office view changes often.

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Happy birthday Lesley, Jacques and Carla!

Posted on 21/03/2017 by

[Left] Lesley and Jacques; [Right] Carla and Lesley. ITC celebrates big birthdays in style!

It’s been a month of big birthdays at the International Travel College, with Lesley, Jacques and Carla all celebrating special milestones.

“Big birthdays only come around every ten years, so we decided to spoil them with a surprise morning tea celebration and delicious cupcakes,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

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Introducing Les Taylor

Posted on 07/03/2017 by

ITC’s new Tutor Team Supervisor, Les Taylor, has had an incredible career to-date, including roles at Air New Zealand, the navy, and as a fully qualified chef.

Meet Les Taylor, our new Tutor Team Supervisor. Les works at the City Campus – be sure to say hello when you see him around College! Below, he gives us an insight into his background in airline, travel and tourism.

Hi, my name is Les and I am a travel addict.

I first became aware of this passion (addiction) when I was a child. I would climb to the top of a large pine tree that my dad planted in our front yard, especially on wild winter days, and pretend that I was on a ship sailing into unknown waters.

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Introducing Andrew Houston

Posted on 01/11/2016 by
Andrew Houston joins ITC with years of travel and tourism experience working for the likes of Air New Zealand and Flight Centre.

Andrew Houston joins ITC with years of travel and tourism experience under his belt, working for companies like Air New Zealand and Flight Centre.

Meet ITC’s newest tutor, Andrew Houston. Andrew teaches travel and tourism at the Botany Campus. Below, he gives us an insight into his career history, hobbies, and love for travel.

My story in travel and tourism has been a fantastic journey that has now brought me to an exciting new chapter as a tutor at ITC! Let me take you back to the beginning…

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Cake, cake, and more cake!

Posted on 27/09/2016 by
ITC Head of Group Services Michelle Chatfield and Student Services Advisor Sharon Roy pose with one of ITC's 20th birthday cakes.

ITC Head of Group Services Michelle Chatfield and Student Services Advisor Sharon Roy pose with one of ITC’s 20th birthday cakes.

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is caked out. Earlier this month, we treated all staff and students to a piece of delicious cake to celebrate our 20th birthday – resulting in a mild but totally-worth-it ‘cake hangover’.

“It was cake overload!” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“We ordered a giant cake for the morning and afternoon classes at both campuses. It was wonderful to take some time out of the day to celebrate this special occasion.”

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Lesley’s Travel Journal: Three weeks in Asia

Posted on 20/09/2016 by
ITC International Marketing Manager, Lesley Brough, shares some highlights from her three-week business trip to Asia.

ITC International Marketing Manager, Lesley Brough, shares some highlights from her three-week business trip to Asia.

Lesley Brough is ITC’s International Marketing Manager. Every few months, she travels overseas to promote the College, meet with agents and potential students, and attend education events. While these trips are for work, she does get to see some pretty amazing places (all in the name of business). Below, she shares some highlights from her recent trip to Asia, where she visited Hong Kong, Macau, China, and Taiwan. 

I had a wonderful time in Asia. I was there for three weeks (my longest trip of the year) and I visited seven cities across four countries. I also used nearly every mode of travel available – plane, boat, bus, train, even push bike!

I met with several agents and they were all warm and welcoming. The weather was extremely warm, so travelling to meetings in corporate clothing was a bit of a challenge! I ended up purchasing a mini fan to keep me cool – a must-have if you visit Asia in summer.

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Introducing Irena Wysoczanski

Posted on 13/09/2016 by
Meet Irena Wysoczanski - ITC's Academic Support Co-ordinator

Meet Irena Wysoczanski – ITC’s Academic Support Co-ordinator.

Irena Wysoczanski enjoyed a fantastic career at Air New Zealand, both as a flight attendant and trainer, before joining ITC earlier this year. 

My journey in tourism and travel began many years ago when I joined Air New Zealand as a Flight Attendant in 1974. I flew for 25 years, both with the International and Domestic airlines. I progressed through each ‘rank’ and enjoyed meeting customers in Economy, Business Class and First Class Cabins – they always had interesting stories to share about their lives and travels!

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