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ITC the place-to-see for visiting Okinawa tourism officials

Posted on 29/01/2019 by

When officials from Okinawa are in New Zealand, they usually reach out to ITC tutor Takeyuki Morita to learn more about ITC and tourism in NZ.

Earlier this year, officials from Okinawa Council in Japan arrived in New Zealand for a four-day whirlwind business trip.

The officials came to New Zealand to research how to provide better tourism facilities in Okinawa. They reached out to ITC for advice and asked to be shown around the ITC Campus.

Unfortunately, ITC was closed for the summer holiday period, but one of our tutors, Takeyuki Moreta, was honoured to meet with the officials on ITC’s behalf.


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Meet Nicky: She could help you find a tourism job

Posted on 04/12/2018 by

ITC’s new Employment Consultant, Nicola McCutcheon.

Nicola (Nicky) McCutcheon is the newest Employment Consultant at ITC. Her role is to help students find employment in the airline, travel and tourism industry.

She shares this role with Sarndra Stephens, a long-serving ITC employee. Together, they help students with their job search through initiatives such as:

  • On-campus CV workshops
  • Interview preparation
  • Work experience and volunteer opportunities
  • General support, encouragement, and advice

Past and present students can use the Employment Consultants in their job search. Whether you’re currently studying or you’ve already graduated, you can reach out to Nicky or Sarndra for support. (more…)

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ITC celebrates long-serving staff with special morning tea

Posted on 19/06/2018 by

ITC staff members Carla Sutton (left) and Sarndra Stephens (right) celebrate their 10-year work anniversary.

The International Travel College (ITC) recently celebrated two of its long-serving staff members – Carla Sutton & Sarndra Stephens – with a surprise morning tea.

Both Sarndra & Carla have worked for the College for 10 years this May – and that’s just the second time around. They both worked for the College prior to 2008, but left to travel and raise a family before eventually returning.

“They just couldn’t stay away! We are so lucky,” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“Both Carla & Sarndra bring a wealth of experience to the team. And they are two of the kindest, most dedicated people you’ll ever meet.”

Sarndra says she was “completely surprised” when she was ushered into her and Carla’s 10-year-anniversary morning tea. All the staff were dressed in her favourite colours of red, orange and black to celebrate the occasion.

“I love working for ITC and all the supportive people I work with,” says Sarndra.

She said there was “no question” about wanting to come back to ITC after she spent six years living with her husband in Australia.

“Landing back in NZ six years later with a young baby, there was no question about wanting to return to this amazing company with such incredible people.”

She adds: “I loved the morning tea, all the photos around the room of so many wonderful memories, seeing Karen (the former owner), and of course the champagne was just delicious. Big thanks to Claire, Kerry, and Michelle for the wonderful surprise.”

Carla was also blown away by the morning tea, which she said brought a lot of memories flooding back.

“The last 10 years has flown by, it really doesn’t seem like 10 years!” says Carla.

“With ITC’s help, I have been able to achieve both a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and a Master of Business. Education is always going to be a passion of mine, whether it’s assisting our ITC students or furthering my own learning.”

Carla considers herself a life-long learner and aims to inspire students to approach education with the same energy and enthusiasm.

Sarndra sums it up pretty well: “Assisting ITC students into the airline, travel and tourism industry is such a buzz”.

We hope both Carla & Sarndra continue to enjoy this buzz for another ten years to come.

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A day in the life of Ronika Lal – Academic Support Assistant

Posted on 17/04/2018 by

[Left] Ronika with a woman in traditional Japanese dress. [Right] Ronika at the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto, a famous pathway lined with thousands of orange torii gates.

Ronika is ITC’s friendly and organised Academic Support Assistant. Below she gives us an insight into her daily routine, including some tips for staying motivated and sticking to your study goals.

Describe your job

My job involves providing support to the tutorial teams. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring student attendance, inputting student results, and issuing certificates. I work at both the City and Botany campuses, with three days in the City and two days at Botany. I enjoy it as it provides variety in my week.


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Introducing Joelene Whare

Posted on 07/02/2018 by

Meet Joelene Whare, our enthusiastic new Student Services Adviser.

Sometimes our students love it so much at ITC that they never want to leave! This was the case with Joelene Whare, our brilliant new Student Services Advisor (and former student). Below, she shares a bit about herself and her career journey so far.  

Kia Ora, my name is Joelene Whare and I’m the Student Services Advisor at the Botany Campus.

Initially, when I finished school I wanted to go to university to study Business and Commerce. However, I changed my mind after I saw an advertisement about ITC. I knew straight away that I wanted to study with them. At the end of the day, you want to wake up and be excited about your study choice.

I decided to commit my time and effort to studying travel and tourism with ITC. I started my journey in 2016, doing Level 3 and Level 4, and I loved every moment of the experience.


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Introducing Devin Rawlinson

Posted on 05/12/2017 by

[Left] Devin with Eva Longoria who he met while working at AJ Hackett Bungy! [Right] Devin at Niagra Falls.

Meet new ITC staff member Devin Rawlinson – a well-travelled Kiwi-Canadian with a love for adventure tourism. He recently joined the ITC team as a tutor at our City Campus. Below, he gives an insight into his background and how he got to be where he is today. 

Back in 1994, I was a little 12-year-old boy shaking with excitement and adrenaline after completing my first bungy jump. This was followed by jetboating, white water rafting, canyoning, abseiling, snowboarding, and the list goes on. The foundation of my tourism career had begun.


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ITC tutor delivers exclusive workshop in Okinawa, Japan

Posted on 28/11/2017 by

ITC tutor Takeyuki Morita delivers a workshop about sustainable tourism management to Japanese businesspeople in Okinawa.

Japanese businesspeople recently learned all about New Zealand’s thriving tourism industry at a workshop in Okinawa.

ITC tutor Takeyuki Morita delivered a workshop about sustainable tourism management while in Japan on an international marketing trip. Originally from Okinawa, Takeyuki took this opportunity to share his knowledge about New Zealand tourism with his home country.

Takeyuki was invited by the Okinawa Chamber of Commerce to deliver the workshop, which had the topic of ‘Cross-Cultural Communication in Business Management’.


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A day in the life of John Armstrong – ITC tutor

Posted on 17/10/2017 by

ITC Tutor John Armstrong shares his daily routine, including some tips for students about staying motivated.

Known for his friendly nature and great sense of humour, John has been a tutor at ITC for twelve years (and counting). He loves helping students discover the magic of a career in travel and tourism. 

Describe your typical day

I spend my day teaching, marking, prepping, researching, and updating myself. I also help with referrals for both new students and alumni students (graduates).

I teach Level 3 Tourism, Level 3 Aviation, Level 4 Travel, and I’ve recently taken on Foundation IATA, which is an external paper and recognised globally. I enjoy teaching IATA because it’s a new challenge, and I tell my students each time I teach it that we are embarking on a long journey together. We learn so much. IATA is changing as this is a fast and rapidly growing industry, it’s really exciting.


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Introducing Sarah Boyd

Posted on 29/08/2017 by

Meet Sarah Boyd, one of the newest tutors to join the ITC teaching family.

The International Travel College is delighted to welcome a new tutor to the team, Sarah Boyd. Below, Sarah shares her career highlights, including how she caught the travel bug and fell in love with teaching tourism. 

The best feeling in the world is that feeling you get in the pit of your tummy when a plane starts speeding down the runway, engines blasting, and the nose tips upwards and the wheels leave the tar.

I was five years old the first time I experienced this feeling, on a family trip to Malta. It was then that I knew I had been bitten by the travel bug.

Born in Newcastle (the North East of England), I travelled extensively to Europe on family vacations during my childhood, until we immigrated to South Africa when I was 10.

Growing up, all I ever wanted to do was travel. So I was delighted when I was offered a job selling vacations to exclusive members of RCI and Southern Sun holiday reservations, first in Africa, and then internationally. For eight years, I learned how to sell travel, deal with clients, and master technical booking systems. 


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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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