KITTS is an institute which has pioneered the concept of promoting Tourism education through private-public sector partnership. This synergy has contributed to the development of student- industry relationship very early on in their career. The students of KITTS are exposed to various ventures initiated by the Department of Tourism. This helps them immensely in shaping their future. The theoretical know-how provided in classrooms is supplemented by the practical experience gained through unique exposure. The various events like Kerala Travel Mart, International Boat show, Nishagandhi dance festival etc., give students ample opportunity to participate, meet and communicate with the stalwarts of the industry and major players. KITTS students enjoy the unique advantage of gaining practical knowledge by working in the real time environment right from their initiation into the institute. Technology has been playing a major role in giving a new impetus to various industries and Tourism is no exception. Value additions like GDS, Office automation systems etc give the students of KITTS a unique advantage over other institutes.
In addition to this KITTS is affiliated to the following prestigious Travel Trade Organisations on a national and International level.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with PATA’s private and public sector members, we enhance the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism in the region.
The Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) is the National apex body of the tourism industry. It has over 4000 members and covers all segments of Tourism Industry. Established in 1982, IATO today has international acceptance and linkages. IATO interacts closely with the Government on all critical Issues affecting the Tourism Industry in India with the highest priority to Tourism facilitation. It also has close relationship with all Government Ministries / Departments, Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Diplomatic Missions etc. IATO acts as the common medium between the decision makers and the industry, and presents the complete perspective to both sides carrying forward the common agenda of Tourism facilitation.
Established back in 1951, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) is perhaps the largest Travel Association of India. Started with just twelve travel agents, TAAI now has 2400 members under its banner with the objective to promote the interest of the Indian tourism industry and the entities associated with it. Down the years, TAAI has earned the reputation as the voice of the Travel and Tourism industry in India through their dedicated, dynamic and professional service.
The Society conducts the Kerala Travel Mart, a biennial event which has become a mechanism for an effective and continuous public/private partnership to facilitate the promotion of tourism in the State of Kerala.
The South Kerala Hotelier's Forum is an association formed by hotels, restaurants, travel and tour operators of south Kerala. Initially this was known as Haute club with 21 members at the started on 7th October, 1992. This body culminates its starting venture in the construction of a few key strategies for the present and future growth of the industry.