An introduction to the travel and tourism industry training course is being made available for free online.

‘Passport to the World’ from the Global Travel and Tourism Partnership is due to go live on social learning platform FutureLearn on February 10.

The ten-week course offers an understanding of the sector and its career opportunities.

Students explore key brands and trends in travel and tourism and have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas with each other.

They learn about the structure of the travel and tourism industry and how it operates.

Insights into where people travel, how they get there and what they do when they arrive are included.

Users also explore hotel and hospitality business strategy, food, and how to harness the power of social media when traveling or working abroad.

Non-profit organisation GTTP aims to encourage students to build a profession in the travel and tourism industry and is supported by Amadeus, American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Family Foundation, CWT, dnata, KDS, Marriott International, Travelport, The Travel Corporation and the World Travel & Tourism Council.

GTTP advisory board chairman Michel Taride said: “The Passport to the World curriculum provides students with fascinating insights into the travel and tourism industry and introduces them to the plethora of meaningful career opportunities at every step in the customer journey.

“The course content is continually enriched with contributions from industry players to ensure that it is up to date and relevant for learners around the world.”

GTTP Hungary director, Dr Attila Horvath, one of the course trainers, added: “The course launch on FutureLearn follows a highly successful online pilot that had strong interest from its 1,000 participants from 110 countries.

“The Passport to the World is suitable for both private study to assist in career planning, as well as for use by teachers in the classroom and new joiners to the industry.”

An upgrade for £62 provides a print and digital certificate of achievement on completion along with anytime access to the course for as long as it is on FutureLearn.

Access the course here