ST. LOUIS, Oct. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership (GTTP) announced that Enterprise Holdings has joined as its latest industry partner to help support its multi-country educational program to introduce students to career opportunities in Travel and Tourism. As part of this initiative, Peter Smith, Vice President of Global Franchising at Enterprise Holdings – which owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Car Rental brands – joins the GTTP Advisory Board.
Enterprise Holdings has become a part of the industry philanthropic initiative alongside Amadeus, American Express, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, The Hertz Corporation, Hogg Robinson Group, KDS, Lufthansa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Travelport. With the support of its industry partners, the GTTP teaches students about careers in travel and tourism in more than 5,600 schools in Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom.
Nancy Needham, Executive Director of GTTP, said: "The Global Travel and Tourism partnership provides life-changing educational opportunities for students. Thanks to the support of our industry partners, our work means that we are also helping to educate future employees and address the global skills shortage in the travel and tourism industry. We warmly welcome Enterprise Holdings as a valued industry partner who will help us provide an excellent perspective to students on the global car rental market, a vital component of the travel and tourism industry."
"We appreciate the opportunity to be part of such a forward-thinking coalition, especially as Enterprise Holdings continues to expand its global footprint," said Peter Smith. "Our role in the international travel industry as well as our growing franchise network makes the GTTP initiative critically important. We strive to take the long-term view in all aspects of our business – and what could be more long-term or sustainable than investing in today's students and tomorrow's employees in the travel and tourism sector?"
"The role of the industry partner is critical to ensuring the GTTP curriculum is timely and relevant and that students have the opportunity to experience working in the real world. We are pleased to welcome Enterprise Holdings to the GTTP and are excited by the opportunities they will offer," said Ingrid Eras-Magdalena, chair of the GTTP Advisory Board and vice president of People Development and Staffing at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, EAME. "We are confident Enterprise Holdings will find it enriching to be part of a successful industry philanthropic initiative and give back to the communities in which they operate."
The Global Travel and Tourism Partnership is an industry philanthropic initiative to foster future talent and tackle the global skills shortage. The GTTP educates secondary school students about careers in Travel & Tourism at a time when they are making career and education choices. The GTTP works in 12 countries in Europe, Africa, East Asia, and North and South America. It serves some 450,000 students in more than 5,600 schools. For more about GTTP visit http://www.gttp.org or the GTTP Facebook page.
About Enterprise Holdings
Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution. Combined, these businesses – which include extensive car rental and car-sharing services, commercial truck rental, corporate fleet management and retail car sales – accounted for more than $16 billion in revenue during fiscal 2013. The combined revenues also place Enterprise near the top of the travel industry, exceeding all other rental car companies, and most airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world through a global network of more than 8,100 airport and neighborhood locations under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. Its affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides full-service fleet management to companies and organizations with small- to medium-sized fleets. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Rideshare, Enterprise Car Sales and Enterprise Commercial Trucks. Enterprise Holdings is the largest car rental company in the world as measured by revenue, fleet and employees.
SOURCE Global Travel and Tourism Partnership