The Australian Travel Careers Council (ATCC) is reporting strong feedback from its National Industry Leaders and Educators Engagement Symposium 2017, held at the New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney in March. At the two-day event several current and strategic issues were presented and discussed between the industry practitioners and educators across the country. The event was emceed by Helloworld group general manager, Colin Hamilton, and saw strong participation from organisations including, Qantas, Travelport, Amadeus, Avis, Uniworld, American Express Business Travel and Bunnik Travel.

According to Rick Myatt from AFTA Education and Training, a key highlight was the ‘Graduate’s Journey’ panel, which saw five travel professionals profiled on stage to explain their journey from the classroom to successful careers in travel. Industry bodies also took part in the event including Tourism Accommodation Australia, the Queensland Travel Industry Council, IATA and PATA, while NSW government officials were present and two state government ministers, Anthony Roberts and Adam Marshall, were among the presenters.

Myatt said the two-day symposium focused on the travel industry on the first day, with other sectors such as government and industry associations on the second day.

“As said in the theme, ‘Connectivity Creates Opportunities’, the event promoted a productive and mutually rewarding connection between industry leaders and educators,” Myatt said.

“Engagement which we will continue to promote under the Australian Travel Careers Council brand,” he added.

The event also included dinner and entertainment on board the Sydney icon Sydney Showboats, where delegates, especially from interstate and regional Australia enjoyed a taste of Sydney Harbour in all its glory.


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