Ant Stone and Sumeetra Ramakrishnan join ITT's Education & Training Committee 

11th October 2022 │ G Adventures Director of Marketing EMEA, Ant Stone and the University of Surrey Senior Lecturer, Sumeetra Ramakrishnan have been appointed to the Institute of Travel & Tourism’s Education & Training Committee, to support the activities of the Future You Foundation. Whilst Surrey University becomes the ITT’s 9th ‘Centre of Excellence’ university in the UK 

With a background in tourism marketing, before joining G Adventures, Stone headed up global strategic partnerships and campaigns at STA Travel. His appointment to the committee will help raise the profile of Future You and its social media initiatives. 

Stone joins other industry colleagues on the committee, with representatives including ABTA – The Travel Association, Advantage, British Airways, Northern Training Academy, Thomas Cook, Tourism Ireland and Tprofile. 

Upon his appointment, Stone said “I'm very proud to join the ITT's Education & Training Committee, to support the crucial work that's underway to inspire, engage, and encourage more young people to consider travel and tourism as their industry of choice. 

I'm passionate about future-proofing our industry, and believe that starts with our workforce. I'm a firm believer in providing young people with a pathway to succeed. I benefited from that chance in the media sector, and since my career progressed to travel, I have never lost that desire to pay that chance forward.” 

The University of Surrey has been ratified as the ITT’s 9th ‘Centre of Excellence’ education establishment, since the accolade was launched back in 2010. This leads to Sumeetra Ramakrishnan, Senior Lecturer and 

Programme Director PG for Hospitality Management, taking a place on the committee alongside ITT’s eight other Centre’s of Excellence. 

Following the award and her appointment, Sumeetra said I am very excited and looking forward to joining the ITT Education and Training Committee, and contribute to the valuable work around engaging and motivating young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences towards a career in travel and tourism. 

I am passionate about tackling the challenges and barriers (visible and invisible) towards achieving inclusion in education and employment within Travel and Tourism and keen to work with ITT towards developing innovative strategies and opportunities to address the career ambitions and life aspirations of students from diverse backgrounds and identities.” 

ITT’s Education & Training Committee sets the strategy for the Future You Foundation and its activities, to help raise the profile of careers in travel and amplify industry initiatives to attract talent into the sector. 


About the Future You Foundation 

Created in 2022, the Future You Foundation is a travel community initiative; bringing talent, education and industry together to inspire the next generation. 

By Crowdfunding and with your contribution. What ITT Future You will do in 2022/23, bringing together stakeholders from across the travel, tourism, aviation and hospitality industries: 

  • • Launch the ‘Future You Foundation’ 
  • • Directly create at least 3 new job roles in the industry (including: 1 full-time graduate position, 1 full-time apprentice position and up to 4 x 3 month student internships (covering a 12-month period)) 
  • • Expand our reach across the UK to host a further 3 new ‘On The Road’ events in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales 
  • • Create a ‘Global Advisory Board’ of key industry stakeholders – (1 to 2 meetings p/y) 
  • • Introduce ‘OpportunITTies’ an online talent platform, to showcase students and graduates actively looking for jobs within travel and tourism businesses 
  • • Reach target of more than 25,000 students and graduates by the end of the 2022/23 academic year 

About ITT Future You 

Founded in 2008, ITT Future You is the leading careers initiative in the UK travel and tourism industry. A not-for-profit initiative that aims to inspire the next generation of industry professionals to choose aviation, travel, tourism and hospitality for their future career path. With events including the ITT Future You ‘Conference’ hosted at WTM London annually, ‘On The Road’ at universities in 9 cities across the UK, ‘Global’ in Russia, Kenya, Brazil & Ireland and ‘International’ virtual masterclasses for attendees worldwide. 

For further information: 

Claire Steiner 

Phone: +44 7723 358141 


Danny Waine 

Phone: +44 7307 600126 


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