GTTP is a multi-country educational program to introduce high school learners to career opportunities in Travel & Tourism

Tourism Teachers Learn From Each Other In Hungary

Budapest, Hungary, Europe  22 – 28 September 2019

Three Tourism teachers from South Africa were given the opportunity by GTTP-SA and GTTP Hungary to attend the first international teacher training event in the history of the GTTP.  According to the South African delegation, teachers from six countries brought and pulled together  Tourism knowledge, skills and experience which will help to improve their teaching practice in the respective countries. The South African delegates will share the knowledge they gained with other teachers in South Africa.

Read what the three South African delegates had to say about their experiences:

Mr. Christo Fieland  from Wellington, Western Cape.

Because I believe it is important to make the most of every opportunity in life, I grabbed this opportunity with gratitude when it came my way. I want to thank the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership  South Africa (GTTP-SA) for this opportunity that has helped me to grow as a Tourism teacher. This training program gave me new and improved Tourism teaching skills and I learned more on how to apply them in the classroom. I have also gained communication techniques for professional development and learned how to connect better with groups. I realised the importance of accepting constructive criticism in order to develop as a teacher.

The training also gave me a better understanding that the subject Tourism is an interesting, fast growing and visual
subject. I have learned how to make excursions part of assessment and the importance of experience, reflection and
doing. While learning, we had the opportunity to explore one of the oldest cities in Europe which is also known as the best destination in Europe. Budapest is a destination with lots of historic buildings and attractions of great value. We had some time to explore the city and surrounds with the Big Bus Sightseeing,  enjoyed a river cruise and also experienced the historic spa. This trip and training programme was one of the highlights of my career so far, and was an experience that I can take to my classroom and broaden the knowledge of my learners when teaching Tourism.

Ms. Alicia Etson from Cape Town

As a novice Tourism teacher I was granted an opportunity of a lifetime. When I started teaching I had some theoretical knowledge pertaining the Tourism industry, however, very little practical experience. Upon embarking on my journey to Budapest, Hungary, I was anxious and very uncertain as I did not know what to expect travelling abroad. My very first time travelling to a different continent. I had many questions about the “do’s” and “don’ts” of the country and importantly I wondered what the cuisine was like as I love food.

The GTTP training programme was very informative. There I met people from different countries and learned about their cultures and their school system. I also acquired new skills to implement in my classroom. Listening to the learner, making myself clear to the learner in what it is I want/expect from the learner and also to be very passionate when sharing the Passport To The World with my learners. I was introduced to the Future Learn website which contained very valuable information that can be a great aid, not only to teachers, but to the learners as well. Future Learn summarises content for learners to the T which could serve as a brilliant platform to help learners refresh their memory on content learned from grade 10-12. GTTP helped me gain practical travelling experience. I now know much more than I did before the training programme. What an experience! I am surely travelling again.

Ms. Anastasia de Waal from Cape Town

The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership awarded me an opportunity to travel to Budapest Hungary, to attend an international Tourism Teacher’s training programme. It was great to have worked with representatives of six countries (which included South Africa) exchanging ideas and practices in the teaching field. I have learned to appreciate being an agent of change at my school and in my country, as well as to improve my teaching methods and practices. On our trip, we were also able to explore the beautiful attractions in Budapest and engage with the locals. What an experience that was.

This trip has taught me that Tourism is an everchanging and growing subject and as a Tourism teacher you need to keep abreast with change and make your subject come alive in the classroom through your personal experiences, the experiences of your learners and most importantly, exposing learners to the Travel and Tourism industry in your city.

Watch the videos – New Tourism Dictionary/Encyclopedia launched for South Africans

GTTP-SA National Director, Elsabé Engelbrecht recently published the first Tourism Dictionary/Encyclopedia for all South Africans working in Travel and Tourism. The writing of this 400 page book took her 7 years to complete and was inspired by the need for  her Tourism learners to enhance their tourism vocabulary. The Dictionary is a must-have for anyone and everyone working in Travel & Tourism.

To page through the book or place orders, visit the Tourism Dictio-Pedia website:

Watch the video of the interview on SABC News in July 2019, shortly after the book was launched.


GTTP-SA hosts Northern Cape Tourism Training Conference

Tourism Teachers Sparkle at Northern Cape Conference

The first ever Tourism Education was held in the Northern Cape in 2018.  The conference themed, “Geared for Tourism – Meeting the human capital demands of a changing workplace and society” focused on a fast-changing tourism industry and the demand for a well-trained workforce with very specific skills. The conference ran from 2 – 5 October 2018.Fifty Tourism teachers from across the province and other interested parties attended the four-day conference at a local conference centre. The Northern Cape Tourism Education Conference (NC-TEC) aimed to broaden Tourism teachers’ understanding of the Tourism sector through presentations, discussions and training sessions by champions of the industry. The knowledge and skills gained at the conference helped teachers to produce the kind of talent needed by the industry.

The conference was given international flair with a presentation by Ms. Angelica Mkok,  Head of Industry Affairs, Southern Africa (Amadeus Integrated Solutions).  Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry with its headquarters in Spain and Ms. Mkok shed more light on the digital behaviour of Generations X, Y and Z.  Mr. Salman Khan, the academic head of The Hospitality Trainers and Associates (HTA) School of Culinary Art in Johannesburg gave a jaw-dropping perspective on Tourism Education In A Digitally Divided Society.

The conference has been made possible by the Northern Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership-South Africa and the Northern Cape Department of Education.

Mr. Christo Fieland studied Tourism as a grade 12 subject at Alexander Bay High School and after having qualified as a teacher, he accepted a post as a Tourism teacher at Carnarvon High School. This is what he has to say about the conference: “I learned so much at the conference and I know I will go back to school as an empowered, motivated teacher.”

Mr Christo Fieland

International GTTP Curriculum – Passport to the World

PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was developed by GTTP country directors and teachers. The course provides students with a basic understanding of tourism as a global industry. The curriculum is “teacher friendly” and is designed in such a way that basic concepts and information are combined with activities that focus the students on their own community or region.

In some countries, like Russia, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD, is the officially-approved introductory curriculum. In Ireland, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was incorporated into Ireland’s new national curriculum. In other member countries, like Hungary and Canada, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD is used to supplement existing curriculum. In Brazil PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was adopted by the federal government of Brazil as part of its drive to expand tourism education in state and municipal schools throughout Brazil. In Kenya PASSPORT TO THE WORLD was approved by the education ministry and is used to introduce learners to this subject. For countries that are just starting to offer this subject, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD can be used as the introductory curriculum and provides a basis for understanding the industry and for going on to further study.

Learners who master the material in PASSPORT TO THE WORLD are eligible to receive the PASSPORT TO THE WORLD CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT. To earn this certificate, learners must complete a portfolio of work that demonstrates competencies, including knowledge of the subject matter, skills, and a professional work ethic.

The Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT), the UK’s leading travel professional society, and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) have endorsed this certificate.

Responsible Tourism Handbook

Responsible Tourism Handbook

Click here to download an electronic (pdf) version of the handbook.



Training & Empowerment Opportunities

Check back regularly for latest updates & training opportunities.

Teacher Training Workshops:

  • GTTP has trained more than 900 Tourism Teachers since its inception in 1996.
  • We works in partnership with the Provincial Education Departments to organise and deliver these workshops.
  • Business has also played a pivotal role by delivering guest lectures on a variety of topics at the workshops, distributing resources and inviting teachers into their businesses on site visits.
  • Tourism teachers are trained on both subject specific knowledge as well as on the methodology needed to deliver tourism effectively in the classroom

Useful Links


The Department of Tourism South Africa aims to fulfill the national government’s role towards creating the conditions for responsible tourism growth and development by promoting and developing tourism, thereby increasing job and entrepreneurial opportunities and encouraging the meaningful participation of previously disadvantaged individuals. The focus will be on facilitating the growth of the tourism industry


This is the site for international travellers to plan their visit to South Africa. The aim of the site is to get the broadest exposure to South African travel products via their platform, and the goal of all their marketing spend is not just to get a user to the site but to drive them all the way through to making an actual trip.


The GTTP is a multi-country educational program that introduces students to career opportunities in Travel & Tourism. Currently they have more than 557,000 students in ten countries. School systems provide teachers and classrooms; local and international companies provide financial and in-kind support


The vision of the Department of Education is of a South Africa in which all our people have access to lifelong education and training opportunities, which will in turn contribute towards improving the quality of life and building a peaceful, prosperous and democratic society. Their mission is to provide leadership in the construction of a South African education and training system for the 21st century


Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority.

CATHSSETA was formally known as the Tourism and Hospitality Education and Training Authority (THETA) until 1 April 2012, when we became the Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority. CATHSSETA’s mandate is to facilitate skills development within sub-sectors through the disbursement of grants for learning programmes and monitoring of education and training as outlined in the National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS).

This SETA operates in the following sub-sectors:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Conservation
  • Gaming and Lotteries
  • Hospitality
  • Sport, Recreation and Fitness
  • Travel and Tourism


The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) is the voice of the tourism business sector involved in tourism. The TBCSA was established in February 1996 by leading tourism businesses. Its primary purpose is to engage with all stakeholders in developing macro strategies that create an enabling environment for tourism development. The TBCSA does not replace the trade associations. Trade associations, representing their members interests are members of the TBCSA.


In the inbound tourism industry, Southern Africa Tourism Services Association is member-driven, non-profit association representing the private sector. They offer the inbound tourism industry unequalled opportunities for networking and represents: Transport providers, Tour Operators, Destination Management Companies, Accommodation, Suppliers, Tourism Brokers, Adventure Tourism Providers, Business Tourism Providers and Tourism Services providers.


The Association of South African Travel Agents, ASATA, was formed in 1956 and its founders created a representative forum in the industry to promote professional service with security for both Members and their clients. Membership of ASATA is entirely voluntary and extends to South African Retail Travel Agents, Travel Management Companies and Wholesalers. Currently the Membership represents more than 85% of the industry including the head offices of most of the major brands.


Since 1949 Fedhasa has been representing the South African Hospitality Industry on a local, provincial, national and global level to protect the interests of all stakeholders of the industry, thereby enabling members to achieve their objectives.


The United Nations World Tourism Organisation is a specialised agency of the United Nations and the the leading international organisation in the field of tourism. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how. UNWTO plays a central and decisive role in promoting the development of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, paying particular attention to the interests of developing countries.


The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. With Chief Executives of some one hundreed of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism companies as its Members, WTTC has a unique mandate and overview on all matters related to Travel & Tourism. Their aim is to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest industries, employing approximately 220 million people and generating over 9.4 per cent of the World’s GDP.


South Africa may have one of the worst unemployment rates in the world, but the tourism industry might just be the light in the dark for those affected. The sector contributes significantly to employment, supporting one in 10 jobs worldwide and one in 22 locally – representing 4,5% of the total workforce.

With South Africa being a top tourist destination, we need to be giving more people opportunities to enter this job-generating industry by equipping them with relevant skills.

Click on the links below to read more.


The IEB’s vision is to be recognised nationally and internationally as South Africa’s premier learner assessment agency. Their mission is to make a significant, on-going contribution to human resource development through the design, delivery and promotion of a wide range of high quality, affordable assessment products and services to all sectors.

Approved Textbook Catalogues

Open the links below and click a few times to enlarge, then search for Tourism text books.

2015 LTSM Catalogue Grades 10

2015 LTSM Catalogue Grade 11

2015 LTSM Catalogue Grade 12



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A webinar is a live lecture presented over the internet to anyone who wants to attend them. Webinars provide us with an opportunity to reach tons of people around South Africa who want training on specific topics but may not be able to travel in or to attend face-to-face training.

You can download the webinar recordings, the presentations and the Learning and Teaching Support Materials (LTSM) below free of charge.

INTRODUCTION TO TOURISM Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
RESPONSIBLE TOURISM Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
INTRODUCTION TO TOURISM Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
FOREIGN EXCHANGE Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
CULTURE AND DIVERSITY Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
HERITAGE Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
TIME ZONES Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
MAP SKILLS Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
CAREERS Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan
CUSTOMER SERVICE Download Webinar Download Presentation Download Lesson Plan