The ITT has refreshed its annual student awards programme for 2020, rebranding it the ITT Future You Awards.
Entries are open, and the new-look awards will also feature a new accolade for 2020 – ITT Mentor of the Year.
Claire Steiner, chair of ITT’s education and training committee, said: “The rebranding of our annual awards is as a direct result of our highly successful ITT Future You initiative.
“It reflects the evolution of professionalism within our industry; the growth in upskilling of experienced travel professionals now studying academic qualifications, redefining who is a ’typical’ student in 2020; and the addition of the new ITT Mentor of the Year award, opening up nominations to industry role models.”
More than 14,000 students have attended Future You events since launch in 2008. And after initially starting off as a one-off conference session at WTM London, its on-the-road format was launched in 2014, combining interactive seminar sessions and career fairs in partnership with universities across the country. More than 350 travel brands have so far taken part.
Most recently, it launched its “global” format, in collaboration with the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP), which has spurred replica events in Russia, Brazil and Kenya.
Steiner added: “Our annual awards celebrate the best diverse talent across our whole industry. In addition to our university student and mentor winners, we will also recognise the best in hospitality and catering, responsible tourism, business leadership and announce our apprentice of the year too.”
Nominations can be made via the ITT website and close on 30 April. Winners will be announced at the ITT Future You Awards on 16 July at the House of Commons.