Townsville Bulletin - - EDUCATION -


State High School stu­dent Al­yse Par­sons has taken out one of the top hos­pi­tal­ity and tourism honours at the 2017 Salute to Ex­cel­lence Awards.

Al­yse was awarded the win­ner of the food and bev­er­age cat­e­gory with two other Kir­wan State High fi­nal­ists, Jade Field in the cook­ery cat­e­gory and Kayleigh Bull in the food and bev­er­age cat­e­gory.

The three fi­nal­ists trav­elled to Bris­bane for the awards in June. Hosted by the Queens­land Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil, the awards cel­e­brate the out­stand­ing achieve­ments of Year 11 and 12 stu­dents from Queens­land’s sec­ondary schools study­ing tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity.

The win­ners took out the awards from a group of 24 fi­nal­ists from across the state in­clud­ing Rock­hamp­ton, Townsville and Charleville.

QTIC chief ex­ec­u­tive Daniel Gschwind said the Salute to Ex­cel­lence Awards was an im­por­tant pro­gram for pro­mot­ing the many ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties on of­fer in the in­dus­try.

“The awards are an im­por­tant link to the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try and this year’s fi­nal­ists were an out­stand­ing and knowl­edge­able group,” he said.

“Over the years we have seen past par­tic­i­pants go on to fur­ther their stud­ies and build suc­cess­ful ca­reers from ho­tel man­agers and chefs to travel and event man­agers.

“There has never been a more ex­cit­ing time to con­sider a ca­reer in tourism with an in­cred­i­ble pipe­line of tourism projects across the state and bil­lions be­ing spent build­ing a fu­ture for tourism — there is also a sig­nif­i­cant skill short­age across some ar­eas in our in­dus­try, in­clud­ing cook­ery.”

Al­yse Par­sons with MP Yvette D’Ath and, fi­nal­ist Jade Field.


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