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Students receive tips on tourism trends


Zuleika Henderson
21 April 2009
More than 300 university tourism students will get an update on the latest industry trends and career options at the annual Southern Cross University and Griffith University Careers Day in Southport tomorrow (Wednesday, April 22).

The Careers Day will be attended by 35 companies covering all aspects of the tourism and hospitality industry from hotels and resorts, to sport, leisure and event management. New exhibitors at this year’s event include Flight Centre, Gold Coast Motor Events Company and the Student Travel Bureau, which assists with recruitment for Disney World.

Julie Williamson, general manager human resources for AMF Bowling Centres Australia, part of the Macquarie Leisure Trust (MLT), will be among those attending the expo, with an eye to finding possible employees.

“Despite the uncertain economic times, there are exciting career options in the leisure and fitness sector,” Ms Williamson said.

“People are spending their leisure dollars closer to home. We are certainly looking to employ people. Leisure is always going to be there – it is a steady player in the tourism and hospitality sector,” Ms Williams said.

Professor John Jenkins, head of Southern Cross University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, said there were diverse career opportunities in the tourism industry.

“This Careers Day is a wonderful opportunity to hear from those working in the industry about the career paths that are available and to meet some prospective employers,” Professor Jenkins said.

“Over the past decade, the industry has expanded considerably beyond the traditional area of travel and now includes careers in areas including event management, sports tourism and environmental management of protected areas, including the marine environment. Through all these areas the notion of sustainability is critical.

“There have been significant skills shortages in recent years and we need to ensure that when we come out of this current economic downturn, there are people with the right skills and qualifications ready to lead the tourism industry.”

The annual Careers Day is being held at the Southport Sharks Club, corner of Olsen and Musgrave avenues, Southport, on April 22 from 1pm to 4pm.

Media are invited to attend.

Photo: Professor John Jenkins.