17 / July / 2017

Awards celebrate top tourism and hospitality students


Posted 17 July 2017


Students from Albany Creek State School and St Columban’s College at Caboolture are among the winners and runners-up of this year’s 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards.

The Awards program, run by Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC), celebrate the outstanding achievements of Year 11 and 12 students from Queensland’s secondary schools studying tourism and hospitality.

“The awards are an important link to the tourism and hospitality industry and this year’s finalists were an outstanding and knowledgeable group,” QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said.

Winners of the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards:

  • Cookery category – Jessica Lord from Canterbury College
  • Food and Beverage category – Alyse Parsons from Kirwan State High
  • Tourism category – Breeanna Gibb from Albany Creek State High 

Runners-Up of the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards:

  • Cookery category – Ellie-Rose Priest from Canterbury College
  • Food and Beverage category – James Barker from Marist College Ashgrove
  • Food and Beverage category – Lily Bradshaw-Clough from St Columban’s College
  • Tourism category – Ebony Blundell from Albany Creek State High 

Mr Gschwind said QTIC’s Salute to Excellence was an important program for promoting the many career opportunities on offer in our industry.

“Over the years we have seen past participants go on to further their studies and build successful careers from hotel managers and chefs to travel and event managers,” he said.

“There has never been a more exciting time to consider a career in tourism with an incredible pipeline of tourism projects across the state and billions being spent building a future for tourism – there is also a significant skill shortage across some areas in our industry, including cookery.

“We congratulate the finalists of the 2017 Salute to Excellence Awards and wish all the students an exciting and rewarding career in their chosen field.”

The 2017 QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards was proudly sponsored by TAFE Queensland, Accor Hotels, Hostplus, the Queensland Government, Emporium Hotel, Job Skills Queensland and Busy at Work.


Pictured: Hon. Yvette D'Ath MP with Breeanna Gibb from Albany State High School.

- Information thanks to QTIC.