Flinders wins SA Tourism award

steve-brown-3Flinders University Tourism won the Tourism Education and Training category in Friday’s 2011 South Australian Tourism Awards.

The category is open to individual tourism businesses and tourism education and other registered training providers “working to raise professional standards within the tourism industry by delivering tourism training, including online”.

The award citation described Flinders University Tourism as “a national leader in tourism teaching, research, and industry and community involvement” which provides “an exciting, dynamic and supportive environment for students and staff, flexible and innovative topics and programs, extensive experience and expertise in research that meets industry needs, and the most strategic industry placement program in Australia”.

Accepting the award at Friday’s ceremony, Head of Tourism Dr Steve Brown (pictured) acknowledged Flinders staff, students and graduates who made the Flinders Tourism program a success.

“This award is a testament to the dedication and extraordinary hard work of a very small teaching team – Chris Fanning, Dr Sangkyun Kim and Professors Jane James and Bill Spurr – our colleagues in the Flinders Business School and the general staff who support us, and the many industry partners who provide guest lecturers in our programs and placement opportunities for our students,” Dr Brown said.

“But it is our students and our graduates – many of whom are in the room tonight, already working to secure the future of our industry –who also deserve acknowledgment, because they are the ones who inspire us to continually improve,” he said.

Flinders Tourism will represent the state in the tourism education category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Cairns next March.

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