Southern Downs Regional Council puts hospitality and tourism in the spotlight
The region’s retail, hospitality and tourism businesses will
be given the chance to connect with the industry’s education and training
experts when Southern Downs Regional
Council hosts its first Government Subsidies Expo next month.
Hosted by Council’s Economic Development and Tourism team,
the not-to-be-missed Expo provides valuable information on the government subsidies,
incentives and support available to the retail, hospitality and tourism
Prompted by the Queensland Government’s Tourism Workforce
Plan, which aims to provide the industry
with another 20,000 workers by 2020, the Expo will help generate jobs in the
region by equipping local business operators with the information and know-how
to hire apprentices and trainees to meet their specific skills and staffing
The Expo will provide vital information on apprentice and
trainee options and availability, directly connecting government program and
subsidy providers with local businesses.
Representatives from education and training organisations,
employment agencies and other local service providers will provide industry
updates and key information at a forum and via trade stalls.
Southern Downs Regional Council staff will be on hand to
answer questions and selected local industry providers will present new and innovative
products and services.
Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said these
industries combined contribute over $300M to the regional economy every
“Our retail, tourism and hospitality businesses contribute
so much, not only to our economy, but also to the vibrancy and liveability of
our region,” Cr Dobie said.
“This forum will equip these industries with valuable
insights into incentive programs and available subsidies to continue to strengthen
and grow their businesses, and our region.
“No matter how successful a business, there’s always room
for improvement - to do better, and local business don’t have to do it alone.
There is support available, so I encourage people to come along and take
advantage of these programs and subsidies.
“We are also inviting agencies and businesses that support
or contribute to the retail, tourism and hospitality industries in any way to
come and join us and have their own trade stall.”
The Government Subsidies Expo is a free event which runs
from 1.30pm – 3.30pm on Tuesday, February 13 at Stanthorpe Civic Centre on
Bookings are essential. For more information or to register,
contact Council’s Economic Development Officer Jenny Sherrin on 07 4681 5527 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations
close on the 6 February.