TEN million dollars in funding for a tourism industry digital hub has been granted by the federal government to Accommodation Australia.
The “one-stop shop” hub for tourism, travel, and hospitality employers & workers will be funded as part of the Australian Government’s $48 million package for the industry.
‘The Hub’ will serve as a national online skills and employment platform which will connect workers with jobs, and provide upskilling and training opportunities for home-grown and international workers.
James Lawton has been appointed to spearhead The Hub, with the federal government to work closely with Accommodation Australia to monitor its delivery
“I look forward to the positive contribution it will make to the careers of Australia’s tourism, travel, and hospitality workers,” Minister for Tourism Don Farrell said.
“The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that tourism employment rose from 443,000 jobs in 2021-22, to 626,000 in 2022-23, from a peak of 700,900 in 2018-19, highlighting the need to support and retain these workers, as well as attract new workers to what is a vibrant and dynamic industry with a range of career opportunities.”
The Australian Government has already rolled out a number of initiatives in support of rebuilding the industry’s workforce following the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the $7.5 million ‘Choose Tourism’ program, which is being delivered in partnership with the states and territories.
Accommodation Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Johnson said The Hub will help with the industry’s two biggest challenges – boosting the travel, tourism, and hospitality workforce; and promoting a career in the sector for the next generation to come.
“I would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Government for their funding and support of the project and welcome James to this exciting role,” he added.