Western Australia Minister for Tourism Elizabeth Constable
WA Young Achiever To Take On Australia’s Best In National Tourism Awards
Victor P Taffa
James Spurgeon, Visitor Services Officer with the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), will represent Western Australia in the Young Regional Tourism Achiever Award in Victoria in August.
Tourism Minister Liz Constable said the award held as part of the Australian Regional Tourism Convention (ARTC) recognised excellence in regional tourism.
“The 2010 ARTC is considered regional tourism’s premier annual national event and its achiever award encourages young practitioners to strive for success.” Dr. Constable said.
“Mr. Spurgeon has made a significant contribution to regional tourism and is the ideal representative for WA in the National Award.”
“He plays an important role at the Yanchep National Park, liaising with visitors, promoting environmental awareness and also publicising WA at tourism events and in the media.”
“Australia’s young professionals are the future of our industry, so it is vital we help develop their talents and support a wide range of career paths within tourism.” Dr. Constable said.
Environment Minister Donna Faragher congratulated James and said he was one of many DEC officers dedicated to improving the experience for visitors to WA’s National Parks.
“I have seen first-hand the great work James and his co-workers are doing at Yanchep to ensure park visitors have an enjoyable and rewarding visit.” Mrs. Faragher said.
The 2010 ARTC co-ordinated by the Australian Regional Tourism Network – brings together industry members to discuss the challenges and opportunities for regional tourism.
The program includes presenters, field trips, professional development workshops and networking functions from August 16 to 20 in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
The winner of the Young Regional Tourism Achiever Award will receive a professional development scholarship sponsored by the Australian Regional Tourism Network.