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Students get a taste for future of tourism

Angliss travel and tourism staff and students participated in one of the largest conferences in Australia since COVID-19, attending the Victorian Tourism Conference with more than 900 delegates, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Presented by Visit Victoria, the Victoria Tourism Industry Council and WaldronSmith Management, the event included presentations from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, Visit Victoria CEO Brendan McClements, former NIKE vice president Lisa MacCallum and chef and restaurateur Shane Delia.

Program Leader Events, Tourism, Travel and Aviation Corinne Maxfield said the conference confirmed Melbourne is firmly on track to be the events capital again with lots of major events in the pipeline.

“The way Melbourne handled the COVID-19 lockdowns is seen by the rest of the world as amazing and we are safe and can be trusted,” Corinne said.

“The key skills highlighted at the conference for events and tourism careers include digital skills, adaptability, leadership and health and wellbeing skills which are all part of our training at Angliss, reflecting the demands of industry.

Three Diploma of Travel and Tourism students from William Angliss Institute attended including Harry Youla, who said the talks were very insightful, especially hearing Visit Victoria and Tourism Australia talk about their new strategies and how the industry is going to rebuild and move forward in these times.

“I found a lot of the marketing side of things particularly interesting and Visit Victoria’s strategies including ‘click for Vic’, and a new one encouraging more locally-sourced wines and beers to be sold in restaurants around Victoria. 

“It was interesting to hear how important it is for different tour operators in the industry to stay connected to each other to help each other prosper, as well as to continue marketing and keeping a public profile, and continuing to innovate. Listening to chef Shane Delia talk about starting up Providoor during the lockdown was inspiring. 

Passionate about travel and tourism, Harry is particularly interested in marketing within the industry, and will soon commence an internship with Global Ballooning.