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TAFE tourism trainer wins again

Hills College Tourism teachers celebrate

On Thursday November 22, Travel 21fiftythree was honoured with the Tourism Education and Training Award at the NSW Tourism Awards event. The tourism training faculty of TAFE NSW’s The Hills College has now achieved this award for three years in a row and will go on to represent NSW at the national tourism awards in February.

Head Teacher of Tourism and Events, Tony Clarke said that the award gives his faculty recognition for the quality education and leadership it provides to the tourism industry.

“Travel 21fiftythree is a unique and progressive trainer. We respond quickly to industry needs and are trailblazers for things like sustainable event management and responsible tourism,” Tony said.

“Recently we signed an agreement which will see us provide training for the burgeoning cruise industry. It is partnerships like this that push the NSW tourism industry forward and I am proud of the part that Travel 21fiftythree plays in this.

“The passion, dedication, and commitment of all staff makes the section what it is today and we were very proud to take the NSW Tourism Award for Tourism Education and Training back to our Institute.”

Anne Goonetilleke, Director Education, TAFE Western Sydney Institute said that “winning this award in such a competitive field was a great endorsement of WSI’s quality training.”

Travel 21fiftythree won the 2011 national award for Tourism Education and Training earlier this year and has entered the tourism hall of fame following its achievement of the award three years in a row. A part of TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute, the section is very well respected in the tourism industry.