The Department of Tourism reaffirmed its commitment to empowering youth in the sector at the 13th edition of the National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) that was held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec from 30 September till 02 October 2022.
More than 8000 youth gathered for the three-day expo that profiled employment and business opportunities that are offered in the tourism sector.
The NTCE is a collaborative programme between the Department of Tourism, the Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education Training Authority (CATHSSETA), and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development – that is represented by its marketing agency the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA).
Themed ‘Rethinking Tourism – Career Opportunities Await,’ the 2022 NTCE inspired the youth to think outside the box, and pursue sustainable livelihoods in tourism.
“The youth are at the cusp of making life-changing decisions as they map out their career paths. We are pleased to have had an opportunity to offer them a glimpse into the world of tourism and hospitality as a potential career,” said Deputy Minister of Tourism Fish Mahlalela.
Tourism’s potential to create business and employment opportunities has positioned it as a significant economic driver. Its ability to generate demand and production across various sectors of the economy affirms the sector’s critical contribution in the implementation of South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.
“We have brought in multi-sector industry players to engage with the youth, and provide information that will empower them to succeed as employees or entrepreneurs in tourism,” added Mahlalela.
- The Chef’s Corner: youth interested in a culinary career were enthralled by a cook-off among graduates of the National Youth Chefs Training Programme, that was facilitated by the South African Chefs Association (SAChefs).
- Mixology Corner: The Mixology Corner brought the art of creating fun, enjoyable beverages to life. Mixology is a special craft that is growing in popularity worldwide.
- Hospitality Corner: The Hospitality Corner offered insight on the diverse range of careers in hotel and event management, as we as casino directorship.
- Conservation Corner: Nature conservation impacts on the future sustainability of tourism. Youth interested in nature gained insight on how to join this industry.
- The Recruitment Arena: Job seekers and potential employers met to engage on critical aspects that relate to Job hunting, with a focus on crafting Curriculum Vitae (CV) and preparing for interviews.
- Educators’ Seminar: Educators engaged with speakers from various institutions, industry bodies and organisations on the tourism curriculum to sharpen their skills on teaching tourism.
The tourism sector has long been a lifeline that has provided young and old employment and entrepreneurial opportunities that have transformed lives and communities. As the sector rebuilds and works towards recovery, efforts to reignite tourism will require an inclusive and transformative approach that ensures that all, in particular the youth, enjoy the benefits of the success of the industry.
Tourism’s potential to create business and employment opportunities has positioned it as a significant economic driver. Its ability to generate demand and production across various sectors of the economy has affirmed the sector’s critical contribution in the implementation of South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan.
“The COVID 19 pandemic has altered and diversified the work environment globally, and opportunities abound.”
“An empowered and adequately skilled workforce is critical for the success of the tourism sector, and our overall economy. Not only will it improve our global competitiveness, but it will enhance visitor experience and assure the sector’s sustainability,” concluded Mahlalela.
For more information on the NTCE visit: www.tourismcareersexpo.co.za
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