ITC student scores highest mark in NZ for IATA qualification
17 December 2014
One very bright student at the International Travel College (ITC) has scored the highest mark in New Zealand for the IATA Foundation Exam.
Anastasiya Kolchunova is an international student from Russia who has been at ITC since February 2013. She has completed Level 3 and Level 4 and is now studying towards aLevel 5 Diploma in Tourism and Travel Management.
To achieve top marks in the country is a great achievement for Anastasiya. The IATA Foundation Exam is an internationally recognised qualification which covers several important tourism topics, including customer service, reservations, sales, travel agent training, electronic booking tools and pre-packaged tour products.
“I feel excited and happy to be named the top scholar in New Zealand,” says Anastasiya.
“The IATA Foundation Diploma gave me a lot of knowledge about the travel and tourism industry which is very valuable for me. This is a big achievement and I am looking forward to using it in my future!”
Anastasiya comes from Novosibirsk, the third most populous city in Russia and located in the heart of the Siberian Federal District. She chose to study in New Zealand because of its great reputation as a popular destination for tourists and international students.
When she finishes her studies, Anastasiya is looking to pursue a career in the hotel industry.
“My dream job is to get into the amazing world of hotel work, meet new people every day and share my knowledge with them,” she said.
“New Zealand is one of the best places to make my dreams come true. International work experience in a country with a highly developed tourism industry sounds awesome to me!”
ITC has been teaching the IATA Foundation Diploma for several years and has enjoyed great success with the course. In 2011 the College was named as one of the top ten IATA training centres in the Asia Pacific.
This year a total of 13 ITC students passed the exam and four gained Distinction. ITC Tutor Steve Burke recently presented the students with their certificates, a proud moment for teachers and pupils alike.
“We are very proud of our students who achieve this award,” Steve said.
Anastasiya expressed her gratitude to Steve for his dedication to the course and support along the way.
“I want to say a big thank you to the ITC team, especially to Steve for the help he provided me to reach this amazing result!”