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SCU wins 2003-2004 Australian Tourism Award

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Published
17 February 2004
Southern Cross University has emphatically reaffirmed its status as Australia's leader in Tourism and Hospitality Education after winning the 2003-2004 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Education and Training in Perth last Friday night.

The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Southern Cross University also won the national award in 1999 and has won the NSW Tourism Award on five previous occasions, most recently in 2003.

The Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Dr Perry Hobson, believes the win is the result of Southern Cross University's continual drive toward innovation in the field of tourism and hospitality education.

"Through our industry partnerships we are always able to respond to the needs of the tourism industry by introducing new programs such as the Indigenous Tourism Management and Environmental Tourism Management degrees and Australia's first Masters of Business Administration in Hotel and Tourism Management," he said.

"Southern Cross University was the only Australian University mentioned in the Federal Governments recent Tourism White Paper and this new National Award confirms our pre-eminence in the field of tourism and hospitality management."

"Southern Cross University is now in and ideal position to play a leading part in the ongoing resurgence of the Australian Tourism Industry."

"This national award is also a reward for all the hard work and dedication of all the academic and administrative staff at the STHM's four campuses in Lismore, Tweed Gold Coast, Coffs Harbour and the Hotel School at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney."

"We also share this award with our students and colleagues in two associated SCU research centres- the Centre for Regional Tourism Research (CRTR) and the Centre for Gaming Education and Research (CGER)."

Caption: SCU School of Tourism and Hospitality Managementlecturer Ms Mieke Witsel and Head of School, Dr Perry Hobson (centre), receive the 2003-2004 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Education and Training from the Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Joe Hockey.

CONTACT Dr Perry Hobson 0408 961 997

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