Bundaberg Today: Queenslanders' Travel Sentiment 

A continually growing industry, tourism and hospitality provides a life-long career with a wide-range of opportunities for growth and advancement.

From working in a kitchen, to sharing indigenous culture, to greeting guests on check in at a hotel, the tourism industry has so many potential pathways to take, that can bring a lifetime of learning and employment. 

With different pathways to the industry including straight into the workforce, taking up a traineeship, or TAFE and university studies, there is something to suit everyone. From roles that thrive on creativity such as chefs and graphic designers, to roles where you can interact with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds on a daily basis such as tour guides, booking agents and front of house accommodation managers, the industry is full of opportunities! 

Inspiring young people to consider a career in the industry and sharing their experiences, the Queensland Young Tourism Leaders program has seen great success. Engaging with students, participating in career events, and promoting the skills of young tourism professionals, the program helps to showcase where a career in the industry can take you.

With previous leaders from Bundaberg including contemporary Aboriginal artist, Chern’ee Sutton, and Assistant Brand Manager for the iconic Bundaberg Rum Visitor Centre, Taylor Reynolds, the State-wide program is highlighting the incredible work of our young leaders and encouraging more young people to consider a career in tourism.

If you are between the age of 18-35 years with an established career in the tourism industry and are passionate about helping to shape the futures of the next generation of tourism professionals, we would love to hear from you!

An exciting industry with increasing demand for workers, tourism and hospitality brings a range of diverse career opportunities for the next generation, helping to ensure a sustainable industry which continues to contribute to our local community and economy.

My tourism journey started when I was 15, washing dishes, waiting on tables and selling ice-creams.  By the time I was 30, I was running an award-winning tourism business and I knew that I wanted to work in a regional tourism organisation, to hopefully make a bigger difference to my community and the tourism industry.  Being willing to have a go and jump in to learn many different aspects of the industry to work your way up is just one example of a tourism pathway.  What will yours be?

Yours in tourism, 

Katherine Reid, CEO  

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