Queensland kicks off search for young tourism leaders to help showcase $25 billion industry

THE search is on for Queensland’s next generation of young tourism leaders.

Employers, the industry and the community are being urged to nominate inspirational young people under the age of 35 to become the state’s next tourism leaders.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones launched the search on Friday and said a job in the tourism industry was like “a ticket to travel the world”.


“For the first time we’re also looking for young people who own a business that’s directly linked to tourism or supports the industry,” she said.

“Our Young Tourism Leaders will showcase the diverse, stable and exciting career opportunities the tourism industry offers.

“These leaders will make presentations in schools, connect with vocational and tertiary students, participate in careers events and connect with the tourism industry to promote the skills and talents of young tourism professionals.

“Working in the tourism industry offers more than just a job but a sustainable career that can be a ticket to travel the world.”

Ms Jones said these leaders must be passionate about growing Queensland’s $25 billion tourism industry.

“Over the next two years we expect to create 20,000 new jobs in Queensland’s tourism industry so building the tourism workforce for the future has never been more important,” she said.

“There are a range of great opportunities in the tourism industry, covering hotel and event management as well as digital marketing, graphic design, hospitality, tourism visitor experiences and regional tourism.”

The Young Tourism Leaders program is a key part of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Tourism 2016-20 strategy which aims to maximise the benefits from tourism and make Queensland the world’s leading tourism destination.

Since the program was launched in February 2017, 18 Young Tourism Leaders have connected with students across Queensland to share their personal and professional career journeys.

Nominations for the Young Tourism Leaders Program are now open.

For details about the program and how to make a nomination, click here.