A charity which educates secondary school children about gaining careers in travel has won the support of Travelport.
The technology supplier’s president and chief executive Gordon Wilson and corporate and government affairs senior vice president Dirk Vande Beek are joining the advisory board of the Global Travel & Tourism Partnership.
Their appointments are part of a strategic partnership designed to support global education in travel and tourism.
More than 1.5 million students in 12 countries have benefitted from the GTTP program, with schools providing teachers and classrooms and companies providing financial and ‘in-kind’ support.
Companies that support GTTP’s activities include Travelport rival Amadeus, American Express, Hertz, HRG, KDS, Lufthansa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and the World Travel & Tourism Council.
Wilson said: “As a worldwide provider of travel services, we recognise that in order to support the continued growth of the travel sector and its critical role in the global economy, it is vital to expose students, their parents and their teachers to the industry.
“Through this partnership, we can encourage students to look at the industry as a source of worthwhile and rewarding careers.”