The tourism industry is impacted by every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. To raise the level of awareness and professionalism in the industry, the TDC presents a wide variety of courses. Students are also encouraged to get involved through a series of fun, educational competitions. Some of the current initiatives by the TDC to develop and expand the local tourism industry include the Service, Training, Attitude, Respect (STAR) programme, School Awareness, the Maracas Beach Redesign and Restoration Project, the Small Tourism Enterprise Project (STEP) and the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Industry Certification (TTTIC).