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National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) & competition winners 2019

The National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) 2019

This annual flagship event hosted by three partners, the National Department of Tourism (NDT), the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and the North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT)  provides an opportunity for tourism curricula experts to share information with tourism teachers and learners and for stakeholders within the sector to share information on diverse careers available in the sector. It is designed to bridge the information gap between the industry, government, learners and teachers under the theme, “BROADENING YOUR HORIZONS THROUGH TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES”.

​The National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE), in its eleventh year drives South Africa’s National Tourism Strategy’s goal of creating 225 000 tourism jobs opportunities by 2020.

GTTP-SA was there!

Congratulation to all winners!


2019 Sustainability Competition

Sustainability Competition 2019


Only on-line entries are accepted.

The competition is open to all schools in South Africa offering Tourism as a subject in grades 10 to 12.

GTTP is sponsoring a competition to focus on sustainability, not just in Travel & Tourism, but in our everyday lives. The competition is open to all GTTP learners.

This competition, which runs until 31 October 2019, is meant to help both learners and teachers have a better understanding of sustainability and the complexities around it. To aid in their understanding, GTTP has developed a short course that explains what sustainability is, its three pillars, and the different ways it can be applied in daily life. This course, Passport to Sustainability, is available on our website. Learners can refer to the material as they research their chosen organisation.

Learners participating in the competition must research how an organisation carries out its activities in a sustainable manner and then document their findings in a 800 – 1200 words essay, accompanied by original photos. Learners must submit their entries on this website.


Prepare your essay as a Word document and include your photos with captions as part of the document. Put your name as the file name for your document. Upload your entry form and your Word document (essay with photos) here before 31 October 2019. All entries become the property of Global Initiatives, Inc./GTTP. Click here to upload your entry form, your Word document (essay with photos), and photo permission forms if you are using someone else’s photos in addition to your own.

You can visit the competition web site for MORE details. Click here to go to the web site.

You must enter ON THE WEBSITE.

Closing date:  31 October 2019

2019 Digital Photograph Competition

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Photo Competition Entry Form 2019

FAQs for photo competition 2019


  • 3 X R1 000,00 cash
  • International Certificate
  • Publication on local and international websites

Read the rules of the competition

Every year, the GTTP is running a Digital Photo Competition for Tourism learners in South African High Schools.

The purpose of the competition is to provide learners the opportunity to practice using visual tools to communicate with other people.

The theme of the digital photo competition is:


The objective of the competition is to showcase something unique and special in the area that
will attract tourists to visit that part of South Africa.

You can take a photo of anything – a historic building, a natural feature, an animal, a tourism event or a tourism activity. The sky is the limit!

Remember to ask yourself the question:

Is this unique and special to my area and will my photograph attract tourists to our village, town or city?


  • Only one photo (JPEG) may be permitted per student.
  • Maximum size is 4MB.
  • Competition ONLY open to Grade 10, 11 or 12 Tourism learners who are studying Tourism as a high school subject in South Africa.

What equipment to use:

You may use a digital camera or a cell phone camera.

GTTP ownership of your photos:

All photos that are submitted become the property of the GTTP, and if used in print or electronic media, the student photographer will be credited.

Deadline for submissions is 30 MAY 2019

Some more reading about taking good photographs

As we said before, you must take ONE photograph that will attract tourists to your area.

The image should communicate “what is unique or special about my area.”

A word of warning: capturing this image will not be easy.

Preparing for the competition.


One big challenge facing people creating images is that their audience judges their efforts very, very quickly. According to one study by Google, it takes just 0.05 seconds for an image to make a first impression on a person, and sometimes even less. First impressions, especially bad ones, rarely change. This is important information if you are designing a website, for example – or entering a photo competition.

A second challenge is that now everyone seems to be a photographer, which means everyone is also a photo connoisseur and critic.

By one estimate, 880 billion photos will be taken in 2018, mostly by people with camera-phones and digital cameras. Some estimates are higher.

The enormous number of photos available to be viewed online provides you with an opportunity to explore good and bad photography and to learn from that investigation before you submit your own photo.

So how should you prepare for this competition?

We suggest you take the following two steps.
Step 1: Make sure you understand your camera.

First of all, it does not matter whether you have a big expensive camera with many lenses or a small, inexpensive point-and-shoot. Skill and a good eye for a picture are more important. Both can be learned. Think of a sport you like: what is more important? Skill? Or equipment?

Your camera-phone, digital or film camera is just a tool in the same way that a wood chisel is a tool. Anyone can use a chisel, but only after practice can you use a chisel to make it do all that you need. So practice a lot before you choose a photo to submit.

Like any tool, it helps to know what your camera can and cannot do well. You know how to take pictures. However if you are like most people, you may not have invested much time investigating all the controls of your equipment. You can do this by taking many pictures at different camera settings. This will help you learn its strengths and weaknesses, and teach you to work with your camera’s strengths and avoid its weaknesses.

Reading books or online articles about photography and how to be a better photographer are always useful, and also fun, no matter how experienced you are. But the most useful thing you can do – as we said before — is take out your camera and practice, practice, practice.

Step 2: Look at other people’s photos.

We suggest looking at some of those 880 billion images.

Of course many of the images will be of interest only to the people taking the photos and not to anyone else. For those people, the quality of their photography is less important. You can learn from their efforts.

Billions of images also mean that many people are taking the same kinds of photo. For example, the artist Penelope Umbrico researching camera-phone photography in 2006 for one of her art projects found that the most common image tag or label was not “mother” or “baby” but “sunsets.” We have seen a lot of sunset photos submitted to this competition. None were memorable. Beach photos also are popular, and hard to do well.

So we suggest looking at as many travel photos as possible. You will be looking at pictures of sunsets, beaches, buildings, streets, houses, people, animals, planes, trains, boats. As you do, start thinking about which ones you like, and why. Think of yourself as a judge at a photo competition

We hope that after you review some of those 880 thousand billion images that you will know what travel photos engage you.

There are websites that share travel photos. For example, if you have a camera-phone, start by looking at There are many other sites. Some online sites have groups that post images from specific brands of camera-phone, digital camera, and film camera.

And here is a quick tip: a carefully planned photograph is by definition is unlikely to be spontaneous. So include in your planning enough time to experiment taking the photograph from just the right position, and if possible experiment with different times of the day in order to get the light just right. Also pay attention to technical competence, which includes images being in focus, correctly exposed and not blurred because you could not hold the camera steady. If there is a horizon in your image, it needs to be level.

Then take your photos. Then pick the best one to enter in the competition.

A final word:

You may not realise it, but you are an experienced consumer of images. You see images on social media, TV, in advertisements, in newspapers, magazines, brochures, on computers, camera phones, billboards, noticeboards, and emails. Some of those images engage your attention, many do not. Whether you win or not, this competition can help you understand better how one visual medium functions, and this knowledge will help you in your career.

2019 Travel Writing Competition

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“Showcase our magnificent country by writing a story that could be published nationally”

Every year, the GTTP is running a Travel Writing Competition for Tourism learners in South African High Schools.

The purpose of the competition is to provide learners the opportunity to write a travel article through which they communicate with other people.


  • Winner: R2 000,00 + Certificate + Publication on our website
  • Teachers: One year subscription to a travel magazine of your choice
The theme of the travel writing competition is:    DISCOVER MY COUNTRY


The objective of the competition is to showcase something unique and special in the area that will attract tourists to visit that part of South Africa.

You can write about anything – a historic area, a natural feature, a tourism event or a tourism activity. The sky is the limit as long as you take your readers on a journey with you to expose them to a secret trail in your area or province.

Remember to ask yourself the question:

Is this unique and special to my area and will my article attract tourists to our village, town or city?

Great cash prize is up for grabs, so get WRITING!

  • Only ONE article per learner
  • Maximum length: 500 – 800 words
  • Articles must be written in ENGLISH
  • Article must be typed (Arial 12 on A4 paper)
  • Maximum of 3 photographs (optional)
  • Written permission from the photographer to use his/her photos if you did not take them yourself.
  • The competition is ONLY open to Grade 10, 11 or 12 Tourism learners who are studying Tourism as a high school subject in South Africa.

GTTP ownership of your article:

All photos that are submitted become the property of the GTTP, and if used in print or electronic media, the student photographer will be credited.

Some more reading about writing good travel articles:

An important rule of creative travel writing is to show, not tell, wherever possible. Readers want to feel as if they’re eavesdropping on a conversation, or being shown something secret and magical. People don’t like being told what to think. If you write it well, they will “feel” what effect the encounter had on you.
– Mike Carter, author and contributor to a travel magazine

My golden rule when writing a piece is to include as much visual description as possible. It’s easy to presume a lot, but your readers don’t know what you’ve seen. So explain it as vividly as possible. Don’t ever describe something as “characterful” or “beautiful” – this doesn’t mean anything to anybody but you. Describe things as if you were explaining them to a blind person. To say a building is “old” isn’t good enough; explain the colours, the peeling stucco, the elaborate, angular finishes on windowsills, the cleaning lady in a faded blue smock who was leaning out of a second-storey window with a cigarette dangling from her mouth. There is a thin line between elaborate, colourful, evocative writing and pretentious writing. Never be dull and presumptuous.
– Benji Lanyado, writer and blogger

What sets good travel writing apart is detail, detail, detail. You must sweep the reader up and carry them off on the journey with you. Paint an evocation of where you are so we can experience it along with you. Be specific and drop “stunning”, “breathtaking” and “fantastic” from your vocabulary…. describe to the reader.
– Sally Shalam, hotel critic


  1. Write in the first person, past tense (or present if the action really justifies it), and make your story a personal account, interwoven with facts, description and observation.
  2. Many writers start their piece with a strong – but brief – anecdote that introduces the general feeling, tone and point of the trip and story. Something that grabs the reader’s attention and makes them want to read on. Don’t start with the journey to the airport – start with something interesting, not what happened first.
  3. Early on you need to get across the point of the story and trip – where you were, what were you doing there and why. If there is a hook – a new trend, discovery or angle – make that clear within the first few paragraphs.
  4. Try to come up with a narrative thread that will run throughout the piece, linking the beginning and end; a point you are making. The piece should flow, but don’t tell the entire trip chronologically, cherry pick the best bits, anecdotes and descriptions, that will tell the story for you.
  5. Quotes from people you met can bring the piece to life, give the locals a voice and make a point it would take longer to explain yourself. Quote people accurately and identify them, who are they, where did you meet them?
  6. Avoid cliches. Try to come up with original descriptions that mean something. Our pet hates include: “bustling markets”… “azure/cobalt sea”… “nestling among” … “hearty fare” … “a smorgasbord of…”.
  7. Don’t use phrases and words you wouldn’t use in speech (such as “eateries” or “abodes”), and don’t try to be too clever or formal; the best writing sounds natural and has personality. It should sound like you. Don’t try to be “gonzo” or really hilarious, unless you’re sure it’s working.
  8. Check your facts! It’s good to work in some interesting nuggets of information, perhaps things you’ve learned from talking to people, or in books or other research, but use reliable sources and double-check they are correct.
  9. Write economically – don’t waste words on sentences that could be condensed, e.g say “there was a…” not “it became apparent to me that in fact there existed a…”.
  10. Moments that affected you personally don’t necessarily make interesting reading. Avoid tales of personal mishaps – missed buses, diarrhoea, rain – unless pertinent to the story. Focus on telling the reader something about the place, about an experience that they might have too if they were to repeat the trip.
  11. Describe the colours, sounds and smells of what you see as vividly as you can.

2019 Research Competition

Win an international trip to Europe in 2019

Remember you have to work as a team of THREE: 2 grade 11 learners and their Tourism teacher.
Study the four documents below before you start your research.

The topic for 2019 is  “Events Tourism”

The Framework document will tell you exactly what you should do.


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Deadline for submissions is 26 July 2019

Download all the documents needed to enter this competition. 

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History Of The Research Competition.

Every year, the GTTP is running a Research Competition for Tourism learners in South African High Schools.
An endowment established in honor of Aldo Papone, former president of American Express Travel Related Services Company, helps fund the competition. Mr. Papone was a strong believer in tourism education and learner creativity. When he retired, a fund was established in his name to support excellence and innovation in tourism education. The GTTP’s share of the fund is used to support the research competition.

The Purpose of the Competition

The purpose of the competition is to provide learners the opportunity to conduct research on a topic determined by the GTTP directors from all participating countries, write a case study and present their topic to fellow learners and teachers from 13 other GTTP countries.

All high schools in South Africa offering Tourism can research the topic and enter the competition. Each GTTP member country selects a winner of the GTTP Research Award. The winning school sends two students and their teacher to an international conference in France.

In 2019 the conference will be held in Nice, France.

At this meeting, winning teams will present their findings and meet students and teachers from all GTTP-member countries. There will also be a tour of Amadeus’ technology enter in Sofia Antipolis, and sightseeing in Nice, France and Monaco. There will be a gala dinner  where students and teachers will have an opportunity to meet the GTTP Global Partner Advisory Board members.

Be sure to read the article on How to Write a good Case Study in the Guidelines for the Research Award.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Do not borrow images from the Internet unless the website states clearly that you may use the images. Taking images without permission is called “copyright infringement” and can result in expensive financial penalties. GTTP will remove images from case studies if it believes there may be a copyright problem.