High School Hospitality & Tourism Receives Global Industry Recognition

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28 Nov 2011

(November 28, 2011) The National Academy Foundation’s (NAF) Academy of Hospitality & Tourism’s (AOHT) curriculum has received industry validation from the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP). The GTTP’s review and recognition of the NAF AOHT curriculum is part of NAF’s ongoing effort to ensure their curriculum meets the highest professional standards and add value to the credentials earned by students participating in NAF academies.

The GTTP’s mission is to expand Travel & Tourism-related educational and career opportunities for secondary school students at a time when they are making career choices and to develop their awareness of the importance of Travel & Tourism, the world’s fastest growing industry, to their country’s economy and the global economy.

 “The validation of our curriculum by GTTP is a seal of approval from a valued leader in travel and tourism,” said Andy Rothstein, PhD, Chief Academic Officer of NAF. “It shows that we are preparing our students with the skills they need to thrive in this industry.”

“The NAF AOHT content and the educational methodology are perfectly matched to ensure outcomes of a high professional standard,” said a reviewer from GTTP.

In addition to GTTP, NAF AOHT curriculum has also received validation from the Institute of Travel & Tourism (ITT). The Institute of Travel & Tourism is the British professional membership body for individuals employed in the travel and tourism industry, one of the largest trade sectors in the UK. ITT is dedicated to developing and maintaining high professional standards throughout the industry. 

The National Academy Foundation’s network of nearly 50,000 students participating in nearly 500 academies includes nearly 8,000 students in 75 Academies of Hospitality & Tourism across 21 states.  Seventy-seven percent of whom are Black or Hispanic.

The GTTP is a multi-country educational program to introduce students to career opportunities in Travel & Tourism. To date, more than a 1.5 million students in twelve countries have participated in the GTTP. School systems provide teachers and classrooms; local and international companies provide financial and in-kind support. Some 2,900 local businesses share their expertise with teachers and students.