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5 steps to freelancing with Amy Gardner

Freelancing is a dream that many people have. Being able to work for yourself, on your own terms to suit your needs is something creatives dream of, and Amy Gardner has made it a reality.  Amy is a freelance tourism communications consultant, and she tells us that her days rarely look the same, dabbling in…

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How to centre community when developing tourism in regional Australia

As a key contributor to the Australian economy, the tourism industry can bring immense value to communities and be a catalyst to development. Madeleine Sawyer from Tourism Midwest Victoria understands the balancing act that needs to take place between visitors and residents to create meaningful experiences for everyone involved.  “I think more and more we’re…

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Relocating for Your Dream Job: Is it for you?

Have you ever considered relocating for your job? Whether you’re looking for work in the tourism industry or searching for your next travel opportunity, there are boundless benefits to moving outside your comfort zone and relocating. As Lauren Cowie,  Digital Marketing Specialist at Alba Thermal Springs & Spa, has shown us through her various and…

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CAUTHE 2024 Conference – A recap

Cauthe (pronounced core-thee OR cow-thee depending on where you’re from) brings together professional and student researchers to discuss the latest issues and challenges related to the tourism, hospitality, and events industries. Cauthe stands for the Council for Australasian Tourism and Hospitality Education and is the largest and most prestigious academic conference for hospitality, tourism, and events in…

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Exciting news: The YTN Launchpad is back!

For the last few years, we’ve been working hard to bring cutting-edge professional development experiences to Young People in Victorian tourism, events and hospitality. Today, we are so thrilled to announce that Expressions of Interest to the 2024 Launchpad program are now open! YTN Launchpad Program 2024 As you know, at Young Tourism Network (YTN)…

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A New Chapter for YTN

Empowering Victoria’s Tourism Sector: Young Tourism Network Partners with the Victorian Government We are pleased to share a milestone at YTN that underscores our commitment to fostering positive change in Victoria’s tourism industry. We’ve joined forces with the Victorian Government to play a pivotal role in the Worker Attraction and Skills Initiatives for Tourism (WASIT)…

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YTN’s Advocacy Journey: Changing the tourism industry over time

As Victoria’s leading organisation representing young voices in tourism, the Young Tourism Network (YTN) places a strong emphasis on advocacy as a core aspect of our mission. We are dedicated to championing a tourism, events, and hospitality industry that resonates with the values of young people. YTN’s Advocacy Journey to Date (June 2023): 2019 –…

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Young Tourism Network Workplaces Report 2022

The 2022 Workplaces Report is out! This research calls for decision-makers to embrace young people’s perspectives in shaping Victoria’s tourism future. Overview Ever since the release of the 2021 Young People in Tourism report, we felt that we couldn’t just comply with the status quo of how Young People engage in the Visitor Economy and…

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Young Voices in Tourism Workplaces Survey

We’re kickstarting a new wave of research! Ever since we released the 2021 Young Voices in Tourism report we’ve been on a journey. At a pivotal moment in history, it helped to spotlight and elevate the perceptions of young people towards careers in tourism, events and hospitality. Frustrations, anxiety and hopes were all shared. 🫱🏾‍🫲🏼…

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Young Voices in Tourism Launchpad Program

🥁 Drumroll please…we are so thrilled to announce that our latest program ‘Launchpad’ is now open for expressions of interest! Ever since we released the 2021 Young Voices in Tourism report we’ve been on a journey. At a pivotal moment in history, it helped to spotlight and elevate the perceptions of young people towards careers…

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Future Tourism Leaders Wellbeing Program

Young people in tourism have experienced a rapid loss of confidence, hope, and engagement as a result of the pandemic. This is why a few months ago, the YTN Committee embarked in a new journey focusing on well-being. Young people are key to the ongoing success and resilience of tourism businesses and this project aims…

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Trusted Advisor Program 2022

The Young Tourism Network (YTN) is a not-for-profit organisation that was established in 2005 with the aim of providing students and young professionals the opportunity to learn and grow through networking opportunities and professional development programs, gaining valuable knowledge and building strong relationships across the broader industry. YTN’s Trusted Advisor Program started in 2017 and…

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Trusted Advisor Program 2021 – It’s a wrap!

The Trusted Advisors Program 2021 ran from August to October 2021 during which industry professionals were partnered with students and new entrants to the industry for 3 months of advising, guiding, leading and learning. After 2020 being an immensely turbulent year for tourism in Victoria, there was a strong need to connect emerging professionals with…

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