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TIA: ‘Tourism supports 1 in 8 jobs in NZ’

Posted on 11/11/2015 by
The tourism industry is one of New Zealand's largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

The tourism industry is one of New Zealand’s largest sectors, supporting many jobs throughout the country, including in small towns.

Wherever you live in New Zealand, tourism could be an excellent career choice. As highlighted in a recent press release by the Tourism Industry Association (TIA), the sector supports many jobs throughout the country.

“Tourism supports one in every eight jobs in New Zealand,” says TIA chief executive Chris Roberts.

Mr Roberts acknowledged the nationwide importance of the sector in a press release about the Productivity Commission’s upcoming Tertiary Education Review. This review will assess New Zealand’s tertiary education system and consider new strategies moving forward.

The TIA is hopeful this review will reveal ways to ensure tourism education in New Zealand is of a high standard. As tourism grows, tertiary providers will significantly help prepare students for a career in this exciting industry.

“Our rapidly growing tourism industry requires many more people with the right skills to deliver outstanding experiences to both international visitors and New Zealanders travelling in their own country,” says Mr Roberts.

The TIA intends to work with the Productivity Commission throughout the review process “to identify the best ways to deliver tertiary education and training to tourism and hospitality students that meets the future needs of employers”.

As it stands, approximately 50 tertiary institutions teach some tourism and hospitality courses. The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) is one of few providers specialising solely in airline, travel and tourism training.

If you live in regional New Zealand, you can gain a tourism qualification with ITC via distance learning. We currently offer four national qualifications; three at Level 3 and one at Level 4.

Tourism is one of few industries that has a strong presence in both large cities and small towns. There is a wide variety of tourist attractions throughout New Zealand, creating jobs in most regions – a topic we’ve been exploring in-depth in our Tourism Spotlight series.

Enrolling in a Study From Home course for 2016 could help you get your tourism career off to a flying start, no matter where in the country you live.

For more information about our 2016 courses, please get in touch today.

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