The Free State Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (Destea) will on 4 and 5 August host the Provincial Tourism Career Expo (PTCE) to reintroduce tourism and hospitality as a future employer, as well as a career of choice for young people in the Free State.
Destea’s spokesperson, Tiisetso Makhele, says through this expo, tourism and hospitality organisations can promote their companies and afford tourism learners exposure to the potential employment and business opportunities in the sector.
About 395 Grade 10 to 12 learners engaged in Tourism, Hospitality and Consumer Studies from across the province, as well as final year and postgraduate students of the Motheo TVET College, Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, are expected to attend the expo. Learners will participate in a Schools’ Competition where they will be baking, preparing food, doing soft furnishing and engage in public speaking.
Winners of the respective competitions will receive prizes.
The final year and postgraduate diploma students from CUT and Motheo TVET College will also participate in the Youth Business Zone (YBZ), where they will present their different business ideas related to tourism and hospitality to a panel of industry experts. The best business idea will receive R50 000 while the second and third best will receive R20 000 and R10 000 respectively.
Sixty-four exhibitors from tourism sub-sectors such as hospitality, marketing, events management, transport, tourism academia, and tourism development will also form part of the expo.