The National Tourism Careers Expo 2015 - Registration OPEN
The National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) is expected to attract over 9 000 learners, tourism students, graduates and educators during the three days. The interactive exhibition is designed to showcase the exciting career opportunities available in tourism and hospitality.
The NTCE, which will run from 1 to 3 October 2015 at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) in Bloemfontein, is a parternship event under auspices of the Free State Tourism Authority (FSTA), an agency mandated to tourism marketing and promotion in the Free State, National Department of Tourism (NDT), the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (DESTEA) and Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority(CATHSSETA). This year’s expo is celebrated under the theme: “Tourism Alive with opportunities”. The Free State Province has won the hosting of the expo for the next three years and this year (2015) is the first year. The NTCE continues to be the driver of the National Tourism Sector Strategy’s which aims to creating 225 000 tourism jobs by 2020, and ensuring there are sufficient numbers of skilled people to fill these positions.
During the expo popular highlights will include:
- Specialised areas within the expo that will cater to each of the sectors of tourism and hospitality
- Speakers Corner, where tourism entrepreneurs and industry experts will share their success stories and allow learners and students to interact directly with the speakers.
- A job placement and recruitment service will also be made available to the learners
- Private sector companies will exhibit at the expo where they will provide interactive, edutainment experiences for the learners and further show their commitment to skills development by offering a number of bursaries, learnerships and internships to learners attending the expo.
Feedback from last year's attendees:
Comments on the NTCE’s Facebook site confirm the expo’s success with learner, Londiwe Nqayi, saying “It was so much fun, eye opening and I got a lot of information that is going to kick start my career in tourism.”
Educator, Zama Mkhwanazi,commented, “It was well planned and also gave us a chance to do some sightseeing. We thank you and all the sponsors for coming together for a good cause.Change starts with you and to give a child a reason to dream and believe in their dreams means a lot. NTCE will always have a footprint and an impact in my heart.”
Last year, over 200 educators attended tourism focussed educator workshops with three sessions being held each day of the expo. Topics like responsible tourism, entrepreneurship and service culture in tourism were covered by expert speakers from the industry.
Why the expo is important?
“We want people in tourism to be proud of being in the sector, and events like the NTCE are a wonderful showcase of the wide possibilities available to learners. As the partners of the expo, we are merely here to provide a platform of interaction and knowledge. We are thrilled to have been part of this extremely successful event and hope that each and every learners, unemployed youth and educator who attended has seized the opportunity to make it happen,” says the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa.