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Acquisition of international Academy – Life Changing Opportunities
Harris Holidays Ltd, is delighted to announce the acquisition of International Academy. Previously International Academy was part of TUI Travel PLC’s Specialist and Activity Education Division.
Dan Fox, Managing Director commented "It is an exciting time for Harris Holidays Ltd, as IA offers us the opportunity to bring our Alpine specialist experience and enthusiasm to this segment of the ski market. Overall we can benefit from joint ventures with our sister businesses, particularly SkiWeekends who see snow fanatics taking two or three trips annually. Many of our customers have children who have skied with us previously and as they finish their A levels or university, they are looking for new career routes which we can now help them fulfil. SkiWeekends has been growing its market share of the European Ski Break market in recent years and this opportunity is a very positive step to us growing our worldwide programme.
IA provides a high quality travel service to students with a unique programme where students can stay in very different locations over three months thus enhancing their overall learning experience in the resorts.
There are short entry level courses where students can gain Canadian Level 1 instructor qualifications which are recognised worldwide to cater for this growing market trend through to three month courses in European destinations.
Whistler Blackcomb, host to a myriad of events at the last Winter Olympics offers a legendary experience with a vast ski circuit and often unprecedented snow levels. As a student everything is on the doorstep. Study on this new four week course starting in November to gain a CSIA or CASI Level 1 certification and then step into a guaranteed job offer from Whistler Blackcomb once the program is completed. Prices start from £3,950 with a guaranteed job offer with Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler Blackcomb staff accommodation, Whistler Blackcomb season pass, resort rep available 24/7, 20+ hours of professional training per week, level 4 instructors only, small groups to maximize your training, one on one coaching sessions, lift line priority, video analysis, social events and après ski, optional off-snow activities and excursions, equipment & store discounts, hoodie, exam manuals and membership, CSIA or CASI Level 1 (Level 2 an optional add on), recreational avalanche course AST 1, customer service workshop, communications course, injury prevention seminar, mountain safety, risk assessment training and ski & snowboard tuning clinic and boot fitting workshop. To be able to fulfill the course requirements approval for a work visa pre travel will be organized and students must be 18 years of age and also commit to the ski season which runs from the 18 November 2011 – 30 April 2012.The course is available 18 November 2011 – 17 December 2011. The price does not include flights, transfers or food. For further information visit www.international-
For Further Information Please Contact:
Lynsey Devon, Heaven Publicity
Tel: 07717 078862
Note to editors:
Ski and Snowboard Professional Instructor Courses run for 5-12 weeks and the Ski and Snowboard qualifications are awarded by the: Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance (CSIA), Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI), New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance (NZSIA), British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI)
The International Academy was one of the first companies based in the UK to offer ski and snowboard instructor training courses, and the first in the Canadian Rockies. Over 12 years on, International Academy continues to offer high quality instructor programmes in selected world class ski resorts. The courses provide the opportunity to: Develop skiing skills, knowledge and technique. Become an effective teacher and share expertise with others. Gain an insight into customer service and how ski schools function. Achieve an internationally recognised ski or snowboard instructor qualification. International Academy is part of Harris Holidays Ltd, which offers the support and backing for students of a robust operator to travel with. Harris Holidays Ltd, will be adding the brand to its portfolio of travel brands; Skiweekends.com, Skiweeks.com and the recently launched summer activity breaks product MountainWeekends.com