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ITC congratulates the Travel Agents Association of NZ (TAANZ) winners!

Posted on 13/06/2024 by

Congratulations to the 2024 TAANZ winners, and to the industry as a whole for its comeback!

One of the many reasons the International Travel College (ITC) is so good at providing qualifications and certifications to students across Aotearoa is thanks to our industry connections and involvement.

In other words, we don’t just teach travel and tourism – we live it.

That’s why we’re so excited to congratulate the recent winners of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) winners!


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ITC campaigns for tourism education and awareness at major industry event

Posted on 13/09/2023 by

ITC’s Key Stakeholder, Ceri Jenkins, speaks at the BYATA conference.

The Backpacker Youth Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA) recently hosted its annual conference, and invited ITC’s Key Stakeholder Manager, Ceri Jenkins, to speak at the event.

The fact that ITC was asked out of all the tourism education providers in Aotearoa is a testament to the reputation of our college. Ceri took this opportunity to speak on behalf of tourism education as a whole, and to raise awareness for the importance of strong qualification options for young Kiwis interested in the industry.


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Tourism to become an Achievement Standard subject from 2023

Posted on 13/10/2021 by

From 2023, tourism will be available as an Achievement Standard in New Zealand high schools.



In a massive, exciting announcement for the tourism industry, the Ministry of Education recently accepted tourism as an Achievement Standard subject, starting 2023.

This means that students will be able to earn Achievement Standards at levels 2 and 3 in high schools around New Zealand, and ITC couldn’t be more excited to see this pathway open up for young learners. In fact, we even had a hand in helping to make it happen.

Here’s a little more about the announcement and how ITC encouraged it to happen.


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Tourism update: How is New Zealand going with our travel bubbles?

Posted on 27/05/2021 by

It’s been over a month since the Australian bubble, so how is it going?

Thanks to our successful management of the virus, and that of our neighbours across the Tasman, we’ve been able to create one of the first quarantine-free travel bubbles in the world.

It has now been a little over a month since New Zealand’s travel bubble with Australia opened, and a week since the beginning of the bubble with the Cook Islands.

So how is it going? And what does it all mean for the tourism industry? (more…)

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Could you be New Zealand’s next Top Tourism Star?

Posted on 22/04/2021 by

Are you ready to be a tourism star?

With an Australian travel bubble opening up and vaccines rolling out across the country and the world, there’s a definite, inescapable sense of excitement and positivity throughout the tourism sector.

Everyone at ITC, from our tutors to our marketing team to our students, can all feel the momentum of the industry as it really begins to pick itself up and look forward to a bright future, and we can’t help but want to share that with the world.

That’s why we’re in search of New Zealand’s Top Tourism Star – could it be you? (more…)

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Fact vs fiction: Which tourism news stories are actually true?

Posted on 01/04/2021 by

New Zealand’s tourism industry is a topic of hot debate. But which stories are actually true?

As New Zealand passes its one year anniversary of closing the borders and locking down, the news has been spending a lot of time reporting on, and speculating about, the tourism industry.

Of course, with the borders closed and no international tourists coming in, tourism operators have not enjoyed the same level of business as they usually would. But that’s not to say tourism is dead, or that it will never return, or that those working in the industry are completely out of luck, or even that those who want to get into the industry should think otherwise.

There’s simply a lot of half-truths and overly negative press coverage at the moment, and we’d like to offer a more positive point of view and set the record straight! (more…)

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Kiwis explore their new-found appreciation for New Zealand travel

Posted on 24/02/2021 by

The latest Tourism New Zealand webinar has highlighted how Kiwis have found a new appreciation for local travel.

Tourism New Zealand has been keeping a close eye on travel and tourism within New Zealand, and has recently released its latest survey findings on the attitudes and goals of Kiwis when it comes to exploring their own backyard.

The January webinar hosted by Tourism New Zealand to discuss their findings was exciting, enlightening, and educational, and an important roadmap for tourism operators around the country.

Here are a few of our favourite highlights from the webinar. (more…)

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Work experience leads to tourism jobs for many ITC students

Posted on 11/12/2018 by

ITC arranges work experience opportunities for students at tourism businesses such as SkyJump (pictured).

When an ITC student goes on work experience, they could be meeting their future employer for the first time.

Many students who participate in work experience end up working for that employer later down the track – sometimes as soon as one week later.

For example, Brookglenn Olsen recently started a job at InterCity after doing work experience there in late November. She got a call one week after her work experience offering her a job. She’s now working part-time in the afternoons and will go full-time in January once she’s finished her qualification.


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ITC students visit tourism businesses in Christchurch

Posted on 31/07/2018 by

ITC’s Chch students recently visited two hotels and a Flight Centre to learn more about working in the local tourism industry.

Students from ITC’s Christchurch Campus recently visited local tourism businesses to see firsthand what it’s like to work in the industry.

They visited Flight Centre, Breakfree Hotel and Crowne Plaza in one epic, eye-opening day.

ITC Level 3 student Ja Kharkrang was really impressed with how much she learned on the site visits.


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ITC short courses inspire secondary school students to study tourism at tertiary level

Posted on 17/11/2015 by
A group of secondary school students learn about NZ's exciting tourism industry thanks to an interactive ITC short course.

A group of secondary school students learn about NZ’s exciting tourism industry thanks to an interactive ITC short course.

The International Travel College of New Zealand’s passion for the tourism industry has inspired a cohort of secondary school students to pursue this exciting career choice.

Every year, the ITC short course team educates hundreds of 15, 16 and 17 year olds about New Zealand’s airline, travel and tourism industry, through interactive lessons, practical activities and industry visits.

The aim of these short courses is to show students what it’s really like to work in tourism, so they have plenty of information when it comes to making a decision about what to study when they leave school.

While some go on to pursue other passions, many short course students ‘catch the tourism bug’ and decide to study the subject at tertiary level. This is a great win for the tourism industry, which is currently in a high-growth phase in New Zealand and in need of skilled, motivated workers.


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