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Lesley’s Travel Journal: Highlights from South Korea and Thailand

Posted on 12/07/2016 by
ITC International Marketing Manager Lesley Brough shares highlights from her recent work trip to Thailand and South Korea.

ITC International Marketing Manager Lesley Brough shares highlights from her recent work trip to Thailand and South Korea.

Lesley Brough is ITC’s International Marketing Manager. Every few months, she travels overseas to promote the College, meet with agents and potential students, and attend education events.

While these trips are for work, she does get the opportunity to see some pretty amazing places (all in the name of business).

Below, she shares some highlights from her most recent trip to South Korea and Thailand.

South Korea

I spent a week in South Korea meeting with agents (organisations that help people study overseas). I stayed in Seoul for three nights, before taking the high-speed train to Busan.

Here are a few snaps from my meetings:

Meeting the amazing team at HJ Global Edu in Busan.

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Three reasons why studying tourism in New Zealand is amazing

Posted on 19/04/2016 by
New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to study tourism, thanks to its stunning natural landscapes, friendly people and amazing culture.

New Zealand is one of the best places in the world to study tourism, thanks to its stunning natural landscapes, friendly people and amazing culture.

Did you hear the great news last week? New Zealand was once again voted the best country in the world by the UK’s Telegraph publication. This is the fourth time we’ve been awarded this prestigious accolade.

To celebrate this epic win, we’ve put together 3 reasons why studying tourism in New Zealand is amazing. If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in tourism, there’s really no better location than Aotearoa. Here’s why.

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Last chance to apply for an ITC 2016 scholarship

Posted on 03/11/2015 by
Last year's scholarship winners pose with their certificates alongside ITC tutor Ali Rigby.

Last year’s scholarship winners pose with their certificates alongside ITC tutor Ali Rigby.

Would you like to win some money to go towards your studies at the International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) in 2016? If you’re passionate about airline, travel or tourism, you could be eligible for a scholarship.

We have a pool of $25,000 on offer, with scholarships ranging between $1000 and $5000 each. Entries close on 7 December, so you have just one more month to submit your application.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to receive financial assistance. Apply now to get your travel and tourism career off to a flying start.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #15

Posted on 27/08/2015 by
In this week's airline, travel and tourism news, New Zealand surpasses 3 million annual overseas visitors, new Easter Sunday trading laws announced, Air NZ reports record growth and much more.

In this week’s airline, travel and tourism news, New Zealand surpasses 3 million annual overseas visitors, new Easter Sunday trading laws announced, Air NZ reports record growth and much more.

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Overseas visitors hit 3 million milestone

The number of overseas visitors to New Zealand surpassed 3 million for the first time ever late last week, Statistics New Zealand revealed. From July 2014 to July 2015, a record-breaking 3,002,982 visitors entered the country – a 7 per cent increase from the year before.

Statistics New Zealand population statistics senior manager Vina Callum said increased arrivals from markets such as Australia and China helped achieve this important milestone.

For more coverage about this milestone, and how it relates to the Tourism 2025 goals, see these statements from the Tourism Industry Association and Tourism New Zealand.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #12

Posted on 06/08/2015 by
In the first ITC Industry News Bulletin for August, hotels across New Zealand are performing exceptionally well, cycling holidays are taking off and much more.

In the first ITC Industry News Bulletin for August, hotels across New Zealand are performing exceptionally well, cycling holidays are taking off and much more.

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Stellar year for NZ hotels

Hotels across New Zealand are performing exceptionally well according to new data released by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA). The research was based on all TIA-member hotels, of which there are nearly 140 around the country. The average occupancy in these hotels during 2014 was 75.7%, while the average daily rate was $144.

“Almost every region saw record results last year, with the exception of Christchurch where a significant recovery in the supply of available rooms due to hotel openings and re-openings has affected the occupancy statistics,” TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said in a statement.

“These positive trends have continued in 2015 and as a result, we are seeing reinvestment with a number of hotels undergoing refurbishment. And investors are responding to demand with more hotel developments around the country that we have seen for quite some time,” he added.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #8

Posted on 09/07/2015 by
Once again, this week's tourism news is incredibly positive, even heading into a cooler winter. Great to see!

Once again, this week’s tourism news is incredibly positive, even as we head into the winter months.

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New Zealand favourite film destination

According to a study by the HBO television network (Game of Thrones, The Wire, etc.), New Zealand is the most popular film destination in the world. This is largely thanks to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said ‘film tourism’ continues to be a strong aspect of New Zealand’s marketing strategy.

“We have continuing interest from film makers wanting to use New Zealand as their backdrop and we are confident our role of film tourism is going to keep us top of mind for those people wanting to live the dream and visit their favourite film locations,” Mr Bowler said in a statement.

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #6

Posted on 25/06/2015 by
In this week's Industry News Bulletin, autumn arrivals continue to drive positive growth, Rotorua tourism industry sees unusually busy winter and Qatar Airlines is once again named Airline of the Year

In this week’s Industry News Bulletin, autumn arrivals continue to drive positive growth, Rotorua tourism industry sees unusually busy winter and Qatar Airlines is once again named Airline of the Year

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 Autumn arrivals continue to drive positive growth

2015 is shaping up to be an amazing year for the tourism industry, with Tourism New Zealand reporting ‘record-setting’ holiday arrivals in autumn. In May alone total holiday arrivals were up by 16.5 per cent. Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said the latest data “brings us even closer to an annual arrivals figure of three million”.  (more…)

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ITC Industry News Bulletin #2

Posted on 27/05/2015 by
In this week's Industry News Bulletin we cover the Government's proposed travel levy, increased arrival numbers and Tourism New Zealand's off-season marketing campaign, plus more of the latest airline, travel and tourism news

In this week’s Industry News Bulletin we cover the Government’s proposed travel levy, increased arrival numbers and Tourism New Zealand’s off-season marketing campaign, plus more of the latest airline, travel and tourism news

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NZ annual arrivals heading towards 3 million

Data released late last week shows yet another increase in visitor arrivals. Tourism New Zealand Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said these figures are encouraging and suggest that New Zealand’s peak season “is slowly extending later into the shoulder months”. (more…)

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ITC a ‘second home’ for short course students

Posted on 12/05/2015 by
The ITC Travel Short Course finished on a high note, with a cultural themed shared lunch. The students all made a wonderful effort with their costumes

The ITC Travel Short Course finished on a high note, with a cultural themed shared lunch. The students all made a wonderful effort with their costumes

For many secondary school students, attending a short course at the International Travel College (ITC) is the first time they experience life at tertiary level.

It can be quite daunting, leaving the familiarity of high school and travelling into the city for a course taught by an unknown teacher, in an unknown environment.

That’s why the team at ITC strives to create a warm and welcoming environment for every student that enters its doors. From the moment they step into the college, they are part of the ITC family. (more…)

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Thank you Disney World!

Posted on 16/12/2014 by
Cara Adams has been living and working at Disney World since graduating from ITC

Cara Adams has been living and working at Disney World since graduating from ITC. Here she is pictured in her costume for the ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ playground.

ITC graduate Cara Adams has been living and working at Disney World for the past year. What a journey it has been! She shares some of her favourite memories as she prepares to fly back home to New Zealand.

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