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Tourism students gain invaluable industry experience at ATE19

About 40 tourism students from North and South Metropolitan TAFEs are playing an important role at the 40th annual Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE), which is being held in Perth from April 8 to 12, 2019.

  • Forty TAFE tourism students volunteer for ATE19
  • Students gain invaluable insight into the tourism industry
  • Opportunity for students to work with tourism industry professionals
  • ATE is Australia's largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event.

ATE is Tourism Australia's premier tourism industry trade event, and Australia's largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event, attracting about 600 international and domestic buyers and 70 media from more than 30 countries.

The event is also bringing about 1,400 sellers from more than 550 companies to Perth, and is expected to deliver around $9 million to the Western Australian economy during the event.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said it is wonderful to see this collaboration between Tourism WA and tourism students from North Metro and South Metro TAFEs for ATE19. ate19.jpg

"Being involved with the ATE will undoubtedly help the students with future employment prospects in the tourism industry once they graduate, and also provide a welcome helping hand to Tourism WA and WA Visitor Centre staff over the course of the event.

Our tourism student volunteers are performing roles ranging from event officers to delegate experience officers, providing support and information services to delegates across a number of locations including the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth Airport and event locations.

All volunteer work carried out will be assessed as part of the students' courses, while also providing them with a unique opportunity to contribute to one of the biggest tourism trade shows in the world.

The students are working alongside Tourism Western Australia, Tourism Australia and Western Australia Visitor Centre staff over the course of the event, enabling them to network with tourism industry professionals and gain valuable industry insights.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the opportunity for the students to gain insider knowledge of the industry they've chosen to work in, and the experience they will get from being involved in Australia's largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event is invaluable.

"I congratulate TAFE and the Australian Tourism Exchange on this partnership to provide students with real life experience working with tourism industry professionals."

Tourism WA held three comprehensive training sessions for the students, including ATE orientation, role-specific training and venue-specific training, and will offer them a guided walk-through of the trade show floor during the event. 

ATE, which was last hosted in Perth in 2012, will help position Western Australia as a leading tourism destination.

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Page last updated April 10, 2019