18 Apr 2018 By Bridget O'Connell
The government has announced four new Māori tourism scholarships as part of a drive to unlock “innovation and growth” in the tourism sector.
Speaking at the closing of the World Indigenous Tourism Summit 2018 at Waitangi, tourism minister Kelvin Davis said the scholarships were for students who enrol at the Queenstown Resort College in Paihia.
He said: “These tourism scholarships provide an opportunity for rangatahi who have entered study at a tertiary level to broaden and apply what they have learnt.
“This inaugural initiative and investment in our people is crucial to the long-term sustainability of indigenous tourism.”
QRC opened the Northland hospitality management training school, Tai Tokerau Resort College, in Paihia in 2016.
In his address to delegates at the summit Davis said: “We are fortunate to have Tai Tokerau Resort College, a tertiary provider offering excellent training and pastoral care for tourism and hospitality students, as well as paid internships.
“It has been a success for both the Bay of Islands and for tourism businesses around Northland and New Zealand, who have access to trained tourism staff.
“This kind of professionalism is important for the development of Aotearoa’s tourism sector – to offer tourism as a long-term, worthwhile career. As the skills and tourism knowledge in each region develop, they will be able to better co-ordinate their offerings and plan for the future.”
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