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Highlights from the 2017 ITC Graduation at the Langham

Posted on 08/08/2017 by

ITC staff and students showcase their culture at the 2017 Graduation ceremony.

Every year, the International Travel College holds a glamorous graduation ceremony at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. This special event is a chance to celebrate every new ITC graduate – and it’s always a night to remember. 

This year, the ceremony was held on the evening of Friday 21st July. The theme was ‘Your Culture’, where everyone dressed up as something from their own country. As always, everyone made an amazing effort – the array of colours and costumes was nothing short of spectacular. 

Here are some highlights from the evening. 


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Highlights from ITC Graduation 2016

Posted on 16/08/2016 by
Thank you to the Langham Hotel for hosting the ITC 2016 Graduation Ceremony.

Thank you to the Langham Hotel for hosting the ITC 2016 Graduation Ceremony. It was a night to remember!

Did you miss out on attending Grad? Don’t worry – below are some highlights from this sensational evening. And if you did attend, relive all your favourite moments and share this post with friends and family. 

It was an evening of sparkly gowns, dazzling headpieces, and bowler hats. The 1920s-themed ITC 2016 Graduation was an occasion worthy of its location: the Grand Room at the Langham, one of Auckland’s finest five-star hotels.

As students, parents, friends and teachers arrived at the venue, the excitement began to mount. Immaculately dressed, everyone mingled over drinks and delicious canapes as they waited for the fun to start. And start it did. The evening was opened in style by MC Jonny Huxley, who did a superb job as host (and even managed to fit in a Geordie Shore reference).

The first guests to grace the stage were performers from the Edgewater College Kapa Haka Group. They performed a traditional Māori welcoming ritual. Everyone was thoroughly impressed by their amazing performance – the crowd cheered with delight after they played their final song.


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Date announced for 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Posted on 28/06/2016 by
Smiling students with their certificates from last years Graduation Ceremony.

Proud ITC graduates with their certificates from last year’s Graduation Ceremony.

It’s that time of the year again – graduation time! The date has been set for ITC Graduation 2016.

Date: Friday August 5
Time: 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Location: The Great Room, The Langham Hotel

The theme for this year is ‘1920s’ – a throwback to the Great Gatsby era (think flappers, feather boas and intricate head bands). However, the 1920’s theme has an even deeper meaning – this year, ITC is celebrating its 20th birthday.

“2016 is a big year for ITC. It marks 20 years since the College opened its doors and started educating students about aviation, travel and tourism. Graduation is always a special event, but this year will be extra special,” says Managing Director Kerry Priestley.


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ITC Graduation 2014

Posted on 03/07/2014 by
ITC students celebrating in style at their formal Graduation at the Langham Hotel.

ITC students celebrating their success at their Graduation at The Langham Hotel in Auckland on Friday 13th June.

Friday the 13th was not unlucky for the latest batch of ITC graduates; in fact, it was the perfect night to celebrate our graduates’ success as they embark on the next chapter in their lives.

One of the most important aspects of study at ITC is the focus on industry-relevant training, and we are grateful, as always, to the members of the travel and tourism industry who contribute so much to our graduation celebrations. (more…)

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ITC Voted Leading Travel Training Institution

Posted on 12/12/2013 by

The team at ITC are thrilled to be winners again!!

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been voted New Zealand’s Leading Travel Training Institution in the Travel Digest Travel Industry Awards 2013.

“What makes this award such an honour is that it is voted for by members of the industry,” says ITC’s Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

“We have such a strong focus on making sure our graduates are genuinely prepared for work in travel, tourism and airlines, and this award acknowledges that we are getting it right.”

Travel Digest also lists ITC’s achievement of Category One status in the NZQA EER audit (the highest education rating) and its membership of internationally recognised quality brand Quality Education as contributing factors to its success.

“It’s important to us that our quality is made visible through NZQA audits and through our connections with associations like Quality Education,” says Claire.

“It’s critical that our students have confidence in us, and it inspires all of us at the college to keep contributing to this industry that we love.”

ITC’s students certainly reap the benefits of the college’s strong industry reputation. Numerous opportunities to explore the industry first hand through trips and hands-on work experience and job placements all add to the college’s high job placement rate.

“This is an industry where the strength of your contacts is crucial. Our students constantly make us proud by showing employers their commitment and passion for this sector. And employers repay that by providing employment and training opportunities for our students.”

“We are grateful to Travel Digest for running these awards that showcase the best of our industry, and we would like to thank the people and organisations who voted for us.”

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Graduation 2013 – a night of fireworks and magic

Posted on 06/08/2013 by

ImageToni Waterhouse, ITC’s Academic Support Coordinator, reports on this year’s graduation ceremony.

The 4th of July, America’s Independence Day, was the perfect day to celebrate our graduates’ success as they embarked on the next chapter in their lives.

Guest Speaker Kevin Biggar, from TV programme ‘First Crossings’, kindly came along to watch future successes take to the stage and to share his journey of self discovery, struggles and stardom. He provided enough motivation and drive to spark the light in many of us.

We embraced our multicultural college with many students in traditional dress, and a fantastic performance by the La Fuze Dance Crew. On the back of their Miss World NZ act, they treated us to a mixture of cultural and current dance moves, lathered in oil – They certainly knew how to entertain a crowd!

Special thanks to the wonderful people of our industry, who not only attended the night to scope out the talent but who graciously donated gifts for our Special Awards. We give warm thanks to the Langham Hotel, YHA, Intercity, Rainbows End, Nomads, Explore NZ, EcoZip Adventures, Sky Jump Auckland, Fullers, Auckland Bridge Bungy, Jucy and Stray Tours.

Congratulations to all of the students who graduated on the night, in particular Romain Villard and Elizabeth Adams who were awarded Student of the Year from the City and Botany Campuses respectively. And congratulations to the family, friends and staff who supported them along the way. The students have achieved greatness under our wings, but it is now time for them to set out on their own. As Socrates said: ‘To find yourself, think for yourself’ and remember the best is yet to come!

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ITC Students Graduate in Style

Posted on 03/08/2011 by

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) celebrated its 2011 graduation in style at the Langham Hotel, Auckland.

Graduates, their family and friends, ITC staff and representatives from the travel and tourism industry enjoyed an evening with drinks and nibbles in the Langham’s luxurious Grand Ballroom. 

ITC Managing Director Kerry Priestly opened the evening, welcoming the guests to the special occasion, and Campus Managers Carla Sutton, Kirsten Leith and Michelle Chatfield also spoke throughout the evening.

The keynote speaker for the evening was Kate McCardle, the Membership Travel Services Manager for American Express. Kate began by asking the audience to close their eyes and imagine themselves packing to go on a trip, arriving at the airport and feeling a sense of excitement and anticipation. Kate said this is how she feels about the travel industry, highlighting the freedom and opportunity to meet with new people and experience new cultures.

Kate, who originally enrolled in a Bachelor of Science at university in Australia, was bitten by the travel bug when she spent several months travelling in East Africa.  On her return she left university and studied travel and tourism in Sydney. She is now in charge of over 40 staff at the American Express call centre in Auckland. Kate has just returned from a visit to American Express in Sweden to perform a benchmarking exercise on their systems and processes. American Express customers recently voted Sweden first for customer service; New Zealand was second and Kate wanted to find out where they could improve.

“That level of commitment to being the best, and being excited about being the best was so inspirational for our graduates. The fact that Kate got to travel to Sweden and back via a conference in Monte Carlo and a trip to the UK also helped!” says ITC Marketing Director Claire Huxley.

As well as the graduation certificates, the following awards were given for special achievements:
Outstanding Academic Achievement: Harpreet Kaur (Distance Learning)
Outstanding All Round Achievement: Samantha Hunt (Botany) and Jayne Whitford (City)
Personal Achievement: Barbara Davis (Distance Learning) and Brooke Chapman (Botany)
Academic Excellence: Juanita Matila (Botany) and Ashleigh Beaufoy (City)
College Life: Sera Naitoko (Botany) and Robert Koto (City)
Student of the Year: Ruth Barlett from (Botany) and Cristina Traczinski (City)

ITC provided two professional photographers for the evening who busily snapped the graduates with their families and receiving their certificates. Graduates will all receive a free DVD containing photos from the evening.

Congratulations to all this year’s graduates, and a very big thank you to ITC’s Student Services Advisor Toni Waterhouse, who organised this wonderful event.

A special thank you to the Langham Hotel, the major sponsor for the evening, and to all our other sponsors: Thrifty , Intercity, Nomads , Rainbows End, Fullers , Citylife/Heritage , YHA , AJ Hackett ,  Explore NZ  and Stray .

The International Travel College of New Zealand has campuses in Botany and central Auckland, as well as offering courses by distance and online learning. They have been the premium supplier of full-time and part-time training programmes for the airline, travel and tourism industries since 1996.


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