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Published on : Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Careers and Transition Education (CATE) Conference, to be held in Queenstown on November 13-15, 2013. It plans to give the 550 CATE delegates a taste of what it is like to work in tourism and hospitality at an action-packed welcome ceremony at the AJ Hackett Bungy Centre on November 13. Queenstown Resort College will show careers advisors from around New Zealand that tourism is a serious vocation.
Queenstown Resort College’s chief executive Charlie Phillips has a serious message. He wants careers advisors and transitions consultants to recommend to youths and school leavers that studying tourism and hospitality can build successful, long-term careers. “With tourism being New Zealand’s second-largest export, employing one-in-10 New
Zealanders and contributing $23.5 billion to the economy, it is a career of the future,” he says.
“Depth and quality is the major issue within the workforce. If influencers of youth had a greater awareness of the career opportunities, then a greater quality of employee will enter the industry. And a greater quality of employee will result in businesses
being better-managed – greater efficiencies and, in turn, greater career opportunities,” he added.
Queenstown Resort College is a unique, privately owned tertiary education provider that offers excellent diplomas in hospitality management, adventure tourism management, executive education, customized programmes and short courses. Graduates are spread across the globe – with many now working as restaurant managers, events coordinators, marketing communications account managers, marketing assistants, jump operators, guides, duty managers and owner-operators.