Stuckey in Cairns to talk up tourism potential

27 Oct 2011 5:01 PMJann Stuckey

27 October 2011

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey will be a guest on Smithfield High School’s Coast FM Youth Radio 101.9 on Friday (28/10) discussing tourism and the enormous opportunities the sector holds for school leavers.

Ms Stuckey said she looked forward to talking to Year 12 student host Adam Kertesz about the importance of tourism to Cairns and Far North Queensland and the many prospects the industry offered school leavers.

“As I travel around the state I constantly hear that students don’t understand the advantages of a Tourism degree, and what jobs are out there for them,” said Ms Stuckey

“Smithfield High recognises the need to promote a career in tourism to students and offers Certificate 11 and 111 courses that enable young people to enter the industry.

“However, we need more young people to see the potential for the rewarding, life-long career opportunities tourism can provide – travel, meeting new people, expanding personal and professional skills, learning new languages and more.

“Tourism in north Queensland has been through tough times with storms, floods and cyclone damage this year, but it’s a resilient industry with heaps of career options that shouldn’t be overlooked by school leavers,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The LNP is committed to growing a four-pillar economy based on agriculture, mining, construction and tourism.

“The LNP acknowledges the importance of tourism to Far North Queensland and we are committed to redressing the current skill shortage by encouraging more young people to select a career path within this dynamic sector.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919