The Hospitality Training Trust: Developing Hospitality Excellence

Set up in 2011 to advance training in the hospitality sector in New Zealand, the Hospitality Training Trust (HTT) is a registered charity which aims to promote the development of excellence, leadership, talent, and knowledge in the industry.

To date, the Trust has awarded a range of Grants, initially for projects sponsored by the Hospitality Standard Institute and in 2012 to projects proposed by Service Skills Institute (trading as ServiceIQ).  From 2013, applications were invited from other hospitality sector participants.

This year, when the pandemic hit New Zealand, HTT announced it would help the hospitality industry weather the storm of COVID-19 with a $1.37 million package for key industry associations. Hospitality industry organisations were responding to unprecedented needs, which stretched their resources and ability to keep providing essential support and advice to hospitality businesses.

“The hospitality sector in New Zealand is under as much pressure as it has ever faced in its history, so this is the industry helping the industry out. The extra funds will enable them to sustain and bolster their services to keep supporting hospitality businesses to survive and recover,” said Trust Chair Bruce Robertson at the time.

The package was shared by Hospitality New Zealand, the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, Holiday Parks New Zealand, the Tourism Industry Aotearoa, and the New Zealand Chef’s Association, with individual grants based on membership numbers.

The Trust also announced $76,000 of training grants for 2020, awarded to Renard Group, DINE Academy, YoungTec, Turning Tables, and the Heart Foundation.

Applications for 2021 grants will open in February. For more information and to stay up-to-date with the application process visit