Member for Baulkham Hills, David Elliott has congratulated Baulkham Hills TAFE for being awarded the top prize for tourism education and training at the 2012 QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards held last week.
Mr Elliott said the recognition of Baulkham Hills TAFE demonstrated the outstanding contribution made by the Hills District to tourism throughout Sydney and New South Wales.
“With overseas tourism becoming more enticing due to the global economy, it is vital we ensure that we maximize opportunities to keep our tourism money in Australia,” Mr Elliott said.
“Baulkham Hills TAFE, through their programme, Travel 21fiftythree, are ensuring our next generation of tourism providers can create economic opportunities here at home for budding travellers.
Mr Elliott said that tourism forms a vital part of the NSW economy.
“Tourism continues to be a leading industry in our State, contributing $20.2 billion per year in international and domestic overnight visitor expenditure to the NSW economy with tourism employment accounting for one in every 22 jobs in NSW,” Mr Elliott said.
“New South Wales received 7 coveted Gold Awards and 9 Silver Awards from the 27 national categories, an achievement to be celebrated, which demonstrates the success of our state in vocational education and growing our tourism sector. “