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Canberra Institute of Technology Recognised at the Australian Qantas Tourism Awards

Published: 14 Apr 2015

Australian Qantas Tourism Awrds
CIT's tourism training provides students with hands-on learning and real industry experience

Canberra Institute of Technology has taken Silver in the category of Tourism and Education Excellence at the Australian Qantas Tourism Awards 2014 ceremony in Adelaide on Friday.

The national awards recognise excellence in tourism in both domestic and international markets. CIT's award recognises CIT's passionate staff and their commitment to training excellence and innovation in the area of tourism and their forward-thinking approach to addressing industry needs in the ACT and region.

Director of CIT Business and Tourism, Jerome de Rose, attributes CIT's success to its focus on industry partnerships, hands-on training, pathways into higher education and responding to the needs of industry.

"We have some really strong partnerships with businesses and stakeholders across the tourism industry, and these enable us to identify training needs as they emerge and ensure we are delivering exactly what industry needs," Mr de Rose said.

CIT delivers training in travel, tourism, international hotel and resort management, hospitality, events management, HR, business, accounting, management and marketing from certificate III to advanced diploma, bachelor degree and postgraduate management qualifications and customised courses for industry.

Mr de Rose says it is a priority for CIT training to respond to the current needs, growth and projected trends in the Australian and the ACT's tourism industry.

"Our goal is to increase the number of students in tourism education to meet the industry's future growth projections in tourism related employment," Mr de Rose said.

The tourism industry contributes $1.8 billion to the ACT's economy and is one of the largest private sector employers supporting 17,000 jobs. The aim for the ACT is to increase visitor spending to 2.5 billion by 2020.

Deloitte Access Economics estimates that by 2020 an additional 56,000 trained staff would be required to fill jobs nationally and that there is a 13% shortfall in the ACT.

CIT joined 11 other finalists from the Canberra region representing a variety of categories at the national awards, demonstrating Canberra's success across a diverse range of tourism experiences.

CIT is Canberra's largest provider of tourism education training, with over 1,800 enrolments each year.

CIT's tourism training provides students with hands-on learning and real industry experience for a career in the Canberra tourism industry and beyond, including in CIT's own regularly upgraded professional environments of CIT Travel, CIT Restaurant, CIT Regional and CIT Events; facilities regarded by industry as cutting-edge.

CIT also boasts its flagship program, the Advanced Diploma of International Hotel and Resort Management.