There are some interesting developments in tourism and hospitality training taking place in New South Wales and Tasmania. Two Industry partnerships with TAFE NSW will see the delivery of two new tourism training programs in the State. In Tasmania meanwhile, a Hospitality Centre of Excellence is being established.
The State Government has committed to provide $200,000 for Western Australia's biggest annual racing festival, the 2017 TABtouch Masters series, featuring total prize pool of $5.2 million.
Being held over three consecutive Saturdays, 25 November, 2 December and 9 December at Ascot Racecourse, the single track thoroughbred racing festival aims to attract renowned Australian and international thoroughbreds to Perth, raise the festival’s profile and increase attendance.
The event will be marketed nationally and internationally through Tourism WA, including the promotion of travel packages to key tourism markets such as Singapore.
Media release here or go to Perth Racing’s website for more information.
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee has endorsed a number of cross sector projects to create flexible and transferable training components that will benefit industries, learners and the broader vocational education and training sector.
The aim of the projects is to develop training components that better support individuals to move between related occupations and to improve training system efficiency through units that can be used by multiple industry sectors.
Organisations tasked with each project are seeking input from individuals across a broad range of industries on the following cross sector themes:
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released a Teaching Sport to Children Discussion Paper and is seeking feedback from parents, educators, sports organisations and coaches to help shape the way that sport and physical activity is delivered to children.
The Paper proposes that to increase sport’s relevance in schools and the community, sport and physical activity must be delivered in a way that enhances children’s development and physical literacy needs, complements the needs of schools and families, and contributes to education objectives.
Feedback is sought on four proposed priority areas:
In a bid to increase visitation and boost hotel occupancy figures in Perth, Tourism WA has committed two million dollars and will work with co-operative partners to target international visitors from Singapore, Malaysia, China, and the domestic markets in Sydney and Melbourne.
The media statement issued on 21 August by Tourism Minister Paul Papalia emphasised that at 75.6 per cent in June 2017, occupancy rates are at the lowest levels in several years. These low levels are the product of a downturn in business travel to Perth while more hotel stock is being added to the market.
Draft 2 of equine related components within the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package is now open for industry validation and feedback.
The draft material reflects feedback received during consultations with industry throughout August/June, including the equine workshop held at FutureNow on 12 June.
Industry is encouraged to provide feedback on the 15 Units of Competency as a final opportunity for input prior to these changes being submitted for endorsement.
Once endorsed, all changes will form part of the nationally recognised training package.
To access Draft 2 material and leave your feedback click here.
Validation period closed on Friday, 8th September 2017.
Tourism Research Australia has released the Tourism Forecasts 2017 which estimates that total visitor nights in Australia will increase by 4.7% in 2017–18 to 631 million nights (from 603 million nights in 2016–17). In Western Australia, visitor nights are expected to grow 4.1% to 74 million nights in 2017-18.
Tourism Council WA has made a submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry currently being conducted into the high cost of regional airfares in Western Australia. Based on the findings from a survey of the Tourism Council’s regional members, the report highlights that regional tourism businesses feel they are being priced out of the tourism market due to highly-priced airfares. An average 15% drop in airfares for leisure travelers could create 440 regional jobs and inject $100 million into the regional economy.
The BMX National Championships will be held in Bunbury in 2018 and Perth in 2021. Held over a six day period in March/April, the events are expected to attract thousands of visitors to the state, both through competitors and supporters.
One of the fastest growing sports in Australia and the second most watched sport at the 2016 Games in Rio, the BMX event will benefit local economy through event participation, showcasing the South West and Perth as exciting and vibrant tourist destinations.
Media release here.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development have released the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) for 2017. The SPOL is a list of occupations produced annually by the Department which are considered critical to the State; have demonstrated significant unmet demand; and/or have experience significant non-market factors which affect their training or migration requirements.
For more information and to view the SPOL 2017 list, click here. For further details on SPOL, view the summary paper.