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National Award for tourism training excellence

Tony Clarke and Anne Goonetilleke

Travel 21fiftythree – the Travel, Tourism and Event Management Section of TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute, The Hills College – has won a national award for tourism training excellence. Awarded at the tourism industry’s largest and most prestigious event on March 2, Travel 21fiftythree won the Qantas Australian Tourism Award in the category of Tourism Education and Training.

The Hills College has extensive experience in vocational education and training for the tourism industry. Institute Director Susan Hartigan said that the award recognised Travel 21fiftythree’s industry engagement, flexible delivery and emphasis on developing relevant skills.

“Travel 21fiftythree is renowned for the tailored training solutions it delivers to students and to industry organisations,” Ms Hartigan said.

“The team at Travel 21fiftythree is passionate about delivering innovative products and services and demonstrates a daily commitment to raising the professionalism of new entrants and existing employees and businesses of the industry.”

Western Sydney Institute provides a range of tourism and events training, according to Director of Education in Tourism and Hospitality, Anne Goonetilleke.

“As well as providing training in tourism and events management, Travel 21fiftythree offers a wide range of training to cover specialist sectors such as tour guiding, caravan park operations, tourism operations and international retail travel,” said Ms Goonetilleke.

“Students can gain qualifications ranging from Statements of Attendance or Skillsets through to Advanced Diplomas and may gain academic credit for relevant university degrees,” Ms Goonetilleke said. 

Western Sydney Institute provides a range of tourism training at statement, certificate and diploma levels. For more information please call 131 870

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