ITHSA specialised short courses have been carefully developed with some of the leading organisations and companies in the hospitality and tourism sector. They meet extremely high standards and ensure students studies are relevant and effective.  They provide students with the professional skills to equip students to do their job better and improve career prospects.

If you’re looking for reasons to sign up for one of these programmes at your nearest training provider, here is some motivation:

  1. Save Time and Money

It’s not rocket science that choosing a short programme will cost you less than if you were to embark on a 3 year course, so the commitment isn’t as daunting. Also with short courses taking far less time, you can complete multiple courses adding even more value to your CV.

  1. Test a Career Path

Short courses allow you to acquire the skills needed to  start a new career  in a shorter time than needed to complete a degree or diploma.  This allows you to start earning that vital salary that much earlier and providing you insight into the field of tourism.

  1. Enhance your Current Career

A short course will teach you work-related skills that you will be able to use to build your career by learning specialised skills related to your profession and keep up to date with the latest developments in your profession.  Enhancing your skills could also allow you to qualify for an increase in salary or even a promotion.

  1. Kick-Start your Learning

Short courses are a perfect way to start your learning process, allowing you to engage in subjects while you decide if is the right path for you.  Short programmes provide you with modules that can sometimes be used as credits if you do want to continue learning and purse that diploma or degree.

ITHSA offers the following short programmes

  • VA-Earth – Virgin Atlantic’s course in travel geography
  • VA-1 Fares and Ticketing – Virgin Atlantic’s course in manual fares & ticketing
  • VA-2 Advanced Fares and Ticketing – Virgin Atlantic’s course in complex fares construction
  • Sabre GDS – create, retain, retrieve and amend complex travel itineraries via Sabre GDS system
  • International Travel Reservations – combines Virgin Atlantic travel geography,  fares and ticketing and Sabre GDS

Whichever you choose, you’ll receive training that will provide you with the professional skills to help you do your job better and improve your career prospects.

Take a look at the full list of ITHSA Short Learning Programmes

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The Trip


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CTHs’ Academic Director, Angela Hagenow, received a warm welcome from the ITHSA team in the Cape Town offices South Africa. During a two-day workshop, which was facilitated by Angela, the ITHSA team felt empowered with CTH knowledge which Angela shared. The outcomes of the inter-active workshop conducted at the ITHSA offices with the ITHSA team and Angela proved to be a valuable experience for CTH and ITHSA in terms of key suggestions to the alignment of current ITHSA work processes to CTH processes and policies.




Angela’s extensive knowledge of the Culinary Skills Programme, is greatly appreciated as she left the ITHSA team feeling confident in our product knowledge in the Culinary Skills space. After two days extensive product, process, and policy knowledge empowering at the ITHSA offices in Cape Town, it was time to hit the road to visit our training providers in Johannesburg.




CTH visit 2The CTH Academic Director, Angela Hagenow, accompanied by ITHSA Business Development Consultant, Lesley Ann Kriel, conducted various ITHSA provider site and courtesy visits during our two days stay in Johannesburg.


Included on this list of provider visits, was the newly accredited ITHSA centre, Prestige College. We also had the privilege of being in the company of our new provider while we introduced Angela to a South African steak for dinner. Joined by ICB business consultant in Johannesburg, Mandisa Gumede, the evening was spent engaging in business discussion topics of which valuable points were raised in terms of implementing marketing strategies for the ITHSA programme offerings in South African schools. After much chatter, dinner was eventually served, and it was time to relax and enjoy the meal.


On day two, Angela, myself and Mandisa conducted a site visit at the international Hotel School, in Sandton, Johannesburg, where the friendly front desk consultant greeted us. Thereafter, we were given a tour of the Kitchens, which proved to be of high quality. Chef Candice Adams, head chef facilitator of the JHB campus engaged in a key discussion regarding the Culinary Skills and Arts programmes. Prior to our visit, a skype call meeting was arranged with the College Dean, Jolanda Bierman, to meet Angela and briefly discuss academic related topics. Angela shared her knowledge and experience during our meeting and was dearly thanked by the Dean, for selecting the International Hotel School to be one of her site visits.


cth visit 5Our next provider, welcomed us with chocolate and velvet cupcakes and tea which we enjoyed thoroughly. The ladies from the CTU Training Solutions, were thrilled to have us there and once again, showed their appreciation with the inter-active discussions which took place that afternoon.


Angela certainly left our ITHSA providers feeling motivated and positive. I anticipate that our new business figures for ITHSA will increase significantly next year.

With the industry knowledge and the CTH experiences that Angela shared with us, it assures me that we are on the road to success.



In order for the CTH programmes, which are OfQual registered qualifications in the United Kingdom, to be offered by training providers in South Africa, we have entered into an agreement with the CTH.