The Government has announced it will invest $2 million to support Go with Tourism, an initiative that connects jobseekers with employers, to help address the workforce shortage in the industry and accelerate economic recovery.
Go with Tourism is a unique approach to addressing labour supply issues in the tourism and hospitality sector that holds career expos and secondary-school education programmes across the country, promoting careers in the industry.
“Our tourism operators have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19 but visitor data shows that the recovery is well underway,” said Tourism Minister, Stuart Nash.
“With our borders fully open, we’re expecting to see far more international visitors on our shores than the previous two summers, which also enables a quicker economic recovery.
“This increase in visitors will put extra pressure on tourism and hospitality workers to deliver a world-class experience, so today’s extra funding to Go with Tourism is one of many ways our Government is supporting the sector through this time.”
Through expos, education, and free tools for job searching, the initiative has successfully brought a better awareness of a career in tourism to thousands of jobseekers across the country, Mr Nash said.
“Like any industry, success depends on those working within it. This means investing in our people and deepening the talent pool. This investment will be vital in building the tourism workforce back up, and is the latest addition to a suite of measures our Government has introduced to support the tourism sector over the past two years.”
“Government support includes the $400m Tourism Recovery Package, the $200m Tourism Communities Plan, and the $54m Innovation Programme for Tourism Recovery. This funding went to tourism operators most affected by the border closure, and has helped them to gear up for the return of international visitors,” he said.
The Government’s Tourism Snapshot was released today, which highlights some of the current projects underway to transition towards a regenerative tourism model.