JOB GROWTH: The Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism, Gladstone Area Promotion Development Limited and Capricorn Enterprise when they met in Gladstone.
JOB GROWTH: The Bundaberg and North Burnett Tourism, Gladstone Area Promotion Development Limited and Capricorn Enterprise when they met in Gladstone. Tegan Annett

The plan to drive regional tourism

NEW plans to ensure we can have the skilled workforce for Queensland's growing tourism industry have been released as part of a major initiative from Jobs Queensland.

The Bundaberg North Burnett is just one of 13 regional tourism workforce plans.

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said 13 regional tourism workforce plans added tailored, local recommendations to the Queensland Tourism Workforce Plan 2017-20 and would ensure new and current workers had the skills to deliver world-class tourism experiences across the state.

"Queensland regions offer unique tourism experiences, so it is fitting that the businesses and staff working across the state develop the skills and services that take advantage of their local opportunities,” she said.

"Each plan sets out achievable and realistic recommendations for local tourism businesses and government to support local communities, the tourism sector and Queensland's economy.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said tourism was a $25 billion industry in Queensland and directly employed about 217,000 people - nearly 10 per cent of the state's workforce.

"In consultation with the local tourism industry, the 13 plans have been developed to identify the key skills drivers critical to growing the tourism industry in regional Queensland,” Ms Jones said.

The reports provide information including profiles of each regional tourism sector, jobs training programs available, current and upcoming projects that have the potential to drive tourism growth, and action plans setting out priorities, goals and recommended actions.

Included is also specific information for each region so they can skill their workforces to further advance the many exciting tourism opportunities in regions across our state's coastal, outback, country and metropolitan areas.

Recommendations in the plans include making tourism careers attractive as "careers of choice”; providing local work experience opportunities for students; promoting opportunities to develop skills in entrepreneurship and digital tourism; and increasing the promotion of existing collaboration opportunities that exist across government, industry and local employers.


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