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ITC in Top Ten

February 2011

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been named a 2011 Asia Pacific Top 10 Authorized Training Center by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA is an international trade body that represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.

ITC is an IATA Authorized Training Centers (ATCs), which allows it to teach the IATA Travel and Tourism and Aviation training programmes

“We’ve always been proud to be associated with IATA,” says ITC’s Director Kerry Priestley. “This award makes us especially proud because it is for an ‘outstanding contribution’ in ‘developing the human capital for tomorrow’s air transport industry’. And that’s what we strive for in everything we do. ”

ITC has been a premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996, and has campuses in Botany and central Auckland.

“Our strength has always been our people,” says Kerry. “Our graduates constantly make us proud and we get fantastic feedback from their employers. Our staff works hard to provide our students with real-world training, so that they can get straight into their careers and become immediate assets to the industry.”

And special mention must be made of Steve Burke , says Kerry, who for the past five years has been ITC’s Senior Travel tutor. “Much of the success of this programme is down to his commitment to the college and our students.”

This award adds to ITC’s growing list of achievements. Last year alone the college opened its second Airport Training Centre, won the ATTO Tourism Education and Training category in the 2010 Tourism Industry Awards, and also won the Excellence in Service Delivery and Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality categories at the prestigious Westpac Manukau Business Excellence Awards in 2010.

“2010 was a big year for us,” says Kerry. “This award from the IATA reaffirms what we’re here for, and we have plenty of exciting plans for 2011!”