Hospitality and tourism
The State Government has made hospitality and tourism priorities for training and workforce development.1 The sector has a statewide plan that recommends attracting older people.2
Hospitality and tourism in Tasmania cover a very wide range of small and larger businesses, such as:
- tour companies
- travel companies
- visitor accommodation
- hotels and bars
- restaurants and cafes
- cultural festivals and sporting events
- public and private parks and recreation facilities
- vineyards, breweries, distilleries and farms offering visitor services.
Hospitality and tourism businesses have to be able to cater for all the people they serve. Visitors may come from interstate or overseas, but many will be Tasmanians holidaying at home. Our State has the oldest population in Australia, so it makes sense for the sector to employ lots of people aged over 45.
Jobs in hospitality and tourism include:
- front of house staff
- and many others.
Employment can be:
- full time
- part time
- located in cities or in regional Tasmania.
This means the hospitality and tourism sector may be a good option even if you want work outside the major cities or don’t want to work year round.4
The sector might also be a good option if you can speak the language of international visitors who are most likely to come to Tasmania.
Because hospitality and tourism have been seriously impacted by restrictions associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, the University of Tasmania has made a Graduate Certificate in Tourism available at no cost for Tasmanians who start their studies in second semester 2020. You can find out more here and here.
Also in response to COVID-19, TasTAFE is offering a short course in Customer Service at no cost. You can find out more here.
In the following video, career coach Anne Kirby-Fahey (left) and former People and Culture Manager at Wrest Point and Country Club casinos Dianne Underwood (right) share their insights into this sector.
After you’ve watched the video, check out the the hospitality and tourism resources box below it. This has links to courses that will make you more employable in the sector, ranging from short courses such as Responsible Serving of Alcohol to certificates, diplomas and degrees.