Emerging tourism professionals

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve offers outstanding wildlife and natural experiences set within a beautiful valley framed by rocky-topped mountains just 45 minutesâ€Â™ drive from the city. The 14 diverse habitats are protected and include wetlands, grasslands, wet and dry forests and woodlands. The Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla offers fabulous nature-based experiences such as searching for platypus, observing bird life and getting up close to reptiles. See the live animal displays at the Visitor Centre, and spot wildlife including koalas, emus, kangaroos, wombats, wallaroos and possums. For a behind-the-scenes wildlife experience join a guide on a spotlight tour to discover the hidden secrets of Tidbinbilla at night. The tour is run in partnership between Tidbinbilla and Conservation Volunteers Australia. Bookings are essential. Want to stay in Tidbinbilla? The historic Nil Desperandum homestead is also open to overnight visitors and can cater for groups of up to six. Close to Tidbinbilla is Birrigai, a residential and outdoor environmental education centre that offers low cost accommodation on weekends and school holidays.

As the peak national body representing regional tourism practitioners in Australia, Australian Regional Tourism is committed to supporting the development of tourism young professionals with particular regard to those working in, and contributing to, regional destinations. For many years, ART has conducted the Young Tourism Professional Award Program, which is held annually in conjunction with the Australian Regional Tourism Convention. The objectives of the Award are to:

. Recognise excellence, achievements and innovations in regional tourism;

. Incentivise young regional tourism practitioners to strive for best-practice; and

. Encourage young regional tourism practitioners to remain in the industry

Finalists for the Australian Regional Tourism Young Tourism Professional Program are considered to be emerging leaders of the industry with the potential to make significant contribution to regional tourism.

The goal of the new-look Australian Regional Tourism Emerging Tourism Professional Program (ETP) is to celebrate the emerging leaders of regional tourism, and to mentor them to greater personal and professional success. The newly developed ETP program allows tourism professionals aged 30 and under the opportunity to nominate for this prestigious award, with a prize of a professional tourism development program, designed by the applicant. The launch of the new program will see the introduction of two new categories in 2018 (Public Sector Emerging Tourism Professional and Private Sector Emerging Tourism professional). These changes are now being implemented, in time to reignite the Program for 2018.