Tourism excellence highlighted for Yeppoon student – Congratulations Eden Oldham!

Eden Oldham from St Ursula’s College in Yeppoon has been recognised for her dedication and excellence in tourism at the 2020 Salute to Excellence Awards, hosted by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC).

After completing selection criteria for the awards with a five-minute destination video, along with answering a very extensive list of tourism-based questions, Eden participated in a panel interview with two QTIC representatives.

Announced virtually on 27th July, the awards were focussed on recognising pathways and career opportunities within the tourism and hospitality industry for secondary students, covering categories including Tourism, Food and Beverage and Cookery, together with Teacher/Training of the Year and Employer of the Year.

Identified as part of the next generation of leaders in the tourism and hospitality industry, Eden was thrilled to take out the Tourism category, which awards her a scholarship to study a Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management at TAFE Queensland, along with a suite of work experience opportunities with STAR Hotel, Riverlife Adventure Centre in Brisbane, a family pass to the Capricorn Caves and more!

“I am so excited to win this award which will provide me with further opportunity to gain real-world experience and gain assistance with my career aspirations,” Eden said. “I can’t wait to learn from industry professionals and expand my knowledge of tourism through these amazing prizes.”

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards acknowledges secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their contribution in the delivery of tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeships or Traineeships.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO, Mary Carroll was thrilled to hear of Eden’s success and extended congratulations not only to Eden, but to the Career’s team at St Ursula’s College for providing a solid platform for students to grow and develop in a leading industry.

“Our region truly embraces young tourism leaders such as Eden, who share our passion for the wonderful destination in which we live and work,” Mary said.

“We look forward to following Eden’s journey over the coming years and learning from her experiences and observations as she delves into her career goals.”

Eden’s application shone a light during the nomination process despite the challenging times facing the entire tourism industry.

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