As the peak national body representing regional tourism practitioners in Australia, Australian Regional Tourism is committed to supporting the development of young tourism 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, now revitalised and known as the Emerging Tourism Professional Program, which is held annually in conjunction with the Australian Regional Tourism Convention. The objectives of the program is 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 Emerging Tourism Professional Program are considered to be emerging leaders of the industry with the potential to make significant contribution to regional tourism.
The Australian Regional Tourism, Emerging Tourism Professional Program (ETP), will celebrate emerging leaders of regional tourism, and mentor them to greater personal and professional success. The 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.