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ITC hosts professional development day for teachers

Posted on 03/10/2014 by
Teachers from across Auckland join ITC on a mini Harbour Bridge Climb

Teachers from across New Zealand join ITC on a mini Harbour Bridge Climb as part of a professional development day

Last Tuesday ITC welcomed a group of teachers to its City Campus for an interactive professional development day.  ITC Account Manager Ceri Jenkins hosted the event, providing the teachers with industry knowledge – and plenty of coffee and chocolate biscuits to keep them going!

These events are a great way to update teachers about what’s happening in the travel and tourism industry, so they can best inform their students about career opportunities.

The day kicked off with a presentation by Gavin Oliver, Managing Director of EcoZip Adventures – Waiheke Island’s famous flying fox zipline experience.  Gavin has had a long and successful career in the tourism industry and his passion for travel is clear. He shared some valuable information with the teachers, including a piece of career advice for students: you have to be prepared to start at the bottom and work hard, but the climb is worth it. New Zealand’s tourism sector is growing at a rapid pace and there are plenty of fun career opportunities for hard working individuals with great people skills.

Gavin was followed by several other industry experts, including ATEED Regional Development Officer Lynne Butler, Skydive Auckland’s Sales and Marketing Manager Samantha Allen, Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari General Manager Brad Kirner and ITC’s very own Short Course Team Leader Mel Verwijmeren.

Each of these speakers imparted their life experience and shared their tourism knowledge, providing the teachers with plenty of industry information to pass onto their students. One thing all the speakers have in common is passion for people and travel – key attributes for any tourism superstar!

The teachers also got a taste of Auckland tourism by participating in the Harbour Bridge Climb. This activity is popular among locals and visitors alike, and offers brilliant views of the city skyline and harbour.

Overall it was a great day enjoyed by teachers and industry professionals alike. ITC is proud of its strong relationship with schools across Auckland and New Zealand, and looks forward to working with teachers as the tourism sector flourishes. If you’re interested in working with ITC, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or visit the Schools Section of our website.

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