Research Awards

GTTP Research Competition & Award

Each year the GTTP holds a competition for the best school research project. Research topics are selected by the GTTP Directors.

The topic for 2011 is “Festival Tourism: ” Everyone is talking about “Festivals. ” What does it mean? You can read more about this topic under Guidelines.

Guidelines for Research Award

Schools that are part of the GTTP 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 2011 the conference will be held in Monte Carlo, Monaco. At this meeting, winning teams will present their findings and meet students and teachers from all GTTP-member countries. In addition to their presentation, each winning team prepares a case study that can be used by students and teachers everywhere. Contact the GTTP Director in your country if you want to enter the competition.

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 student 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 help students learn how to conduct research, write their findings in a case study, and orally present their findings to others.

The topic for 2009 was “Sports Tourism.” and 2010 was “Green Tourism” The students’ research reports.

In 2009:
2 girls researched on The Development Of Kayaking as a Source of Sports Tourism
Prepared by: Shirley Chege & Trina Ngene
Presented at Nice, France
Makini Academy, KENYA
In 2010:
Theme: – was on Green Tourism “Fact or Fad”
Prepared by Trina Ngene and Matilda Kingoriah
Presented in Munich, Germany
Makini Academy from Nairobi County – Kenya
In 2011:
Theme: Festival Tourism “Kikuyu Festivals”
Prepared by Loreen Gachambi and Peris Kamau
From Kamahuha Girls from Mukurweini County, Kenya