Through the Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism program, teachers successfully engage students with tourism-focused content that is current and relevant. In addition to a regular high school education, CATT students gain valuable travel and tourism knowledge and related work experience.
CATT’s innovative teaching resources and curriculum activities have helped educators in over 100 high schools across Canada to inform and inspire students about the tourism sector and the careers it offers.
Learn more about the benefits of the CATT program.
Tourism Partners Working Together
Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism educators work with provincial/territorial tourism Human Resource Organizations (HROs) and industry partners to ensure students gain as much knowledge of the tourism sector as possible. The tourism HROs offer support and guidance to CATT schools within their jurisdictions.
Professional Development Opportunities
Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism Annual Conference
The CATT Annual Conference brings together tourism educators and industry partners to plan, discuss and share ideas and best practices in tourism education. See what took place at the 2010 Annual Conference and contact CATT for information on the upcoming 2011 conference.
Curriculum learning activity sets are designed to enrich high school tourism teaching and enhance students’ understanding of each of the 10 National Learning Outcomes.
View a CATT curriculum sample and see how the program can work for your students.
For educators participating in the CATT program, additional CATT teaching resources are also available:
Quick Guide to CATT Levels
- Introduction to CATT
- Guide to Industry Involvement
- Design Academy Teaching: Instructional Strategies to Enhance Learning Methodologies
- Guidelines to Developing a Portfolio
- Guide to Work Experience
- emerit Tourism Essentials
Each year, the Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism Best Practices Educator Award recognizes an individual for their exemplary leadership and support of tourism education in the secondary school system.
The Canadian Academy of Travel & Tourism sincerely thanks these past award recipients for their effective contributions to the program:
- 2009: Germain Landry, St. Mary’s Secondary School, ON
- 2008: Diane Kirkby, Gananoque Secondary School, ON
- 2007: Robert Thompson, École Highland Secondary School, BC
- 2006: Jack Seel, Nutana Collegiate, SK
- 2005: Heather Carver, Kensington Intermediate-Senior High School, PEI
- 2004: Loretta Fogarty, Quesnel Secondary School, BC
- 2003: Judy Dickson, Auburn Drive High School, NS
CATT teachers can be nominated by anyone. Contact CATT for more information about the Educator Award.
CATT teachers should also be aware of the many opportunities available for their students, such as student exchanges, international competitions and conferences, postsecondary scholarships and more.
A free online tool for CATT participants, the Collaboration Portal allows members to connect and work with the tourism community. CATT teachers create their own “projects” and build a virtual classroom to enhance students’ learning.
Start your online project now!
A number of other helpful teaching resources relevant to tourism are available through the CATT website. Please visit the CATT Information & Resources page for more details.