Lo­cal tourism lead­ers pro­mote travel sec­tor

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TWO pas­sion­ate Whit­sun­day lo­cals have been se­lected for the Young Tourism Lead­ers Pro­gram, pro­mot­ing the un­known op­por­tu­ni­ties of the tourism in­dus­try.

Hamil­ton Is­land Yacht Club’s Tariq Mo­homed and Dis­cov­ery Hol­i­day Parks’ Michael Quigley have stepped up to the plate, shar­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences and how they achieved man­age­ment sta­tus in the tourism sec­tor.

The Young Tourism Lead­ers Pro­gram pro­vides a plat­form for tourism em­ploy­ees to en­gage with school stu­dents to pro­mote tourism ca­reers and ac­tively con­nect with the tourism in­dus­try to pro­mote the skills and tal­ents which young tourism pro­fes­sion­als of­fer.

As the Yacht Club Food and Bev­er­age man­ager, Mr Mo­homed said the pro­gram al­lowed him to give back to an in­dus­try that had given so much to him.

“Per­son­ally, I ab­so­lutely love it. I can see that there is so much po­ten­tial and scope for growth and I think the ben­e­fit with be­ing in North Queens­land is that it has so much to of­fer,” he said.

“There are so many av­enues in this in­dus­try, from the beau­ti­ful beaches to the trop­i­cal forests to ev­ery­thing in be­tween.

“I’ve come to re­alise that, es­pe­cially for youth in to­day’s day and age, all that per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion is re­quired to make an im­pact, es­pe­cially where they can meet peo­ple who are liv­ing ex­am­ples of what the in­dus­try has to of­fer.”

Mr Quigley, gen­eral man­ager of Air­lie Beach Dis­cover Hol­i­day Parks, had the op­por­tu­nity to speak to stu­dents at the Proser­pine State High School Ca­reers Expo last month.

“It’s all about making young peo­ple aware that tourism is one of the only in­dus­tries that’s go­ing ahead in leaps and bounds ev­ery year,” he said. “Tourism isn’t about be­ing in re­cep­tion and check­ing peo­ple into ho­tels. You can be an ac­coun­tant or a builder or al­most any job in the tourism in­dus­try.”

Tourism Whit­sun­days gen­eral man­ager Natas­sia Wheeler said the pro­gram was es­sen­tial in high­light­ing the amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that came from pur­su­ing a ca­reer in the travel sec­tor.

“It is es­pe­cially en­cour­ag­ing to have two pas­sion­ate rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Whit­sun­days se­lected in the Young Lead­ers Pro­gram who can share their re­spec­tive ca­reer jour­neys while pro­vid­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers with the nec­es­sary tools and ad­vice to suc­ceed in the travel in­dus­try,” she said.

Mr Mo­homed and Mr Quigley join 35 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Queens­land for the Young Tourism Lead­ers Pro­gram run­ning for 12 months.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LO­CAL LEAD­ERS: Tariq Mo­homed, Min­is­ter for Tourism Kate Jones, Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment and Small Busi­nesses Shan­non Fen­ti­man and Michael Quigley.

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