Virtual jobs fair helps job seekers connect with tourism employers

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien has welcomed a virtual jobs fair to help Queensland hospitality and tourism operators connect with job seekers.

The virtual fair will run from 10.00am-2.00pm on Friday 19, Wednesday 24 and Wednesday 31 March, highlighting employment opportunities as the Sunshine State’s resorts, hotels, restaurants and tourism experiences start to ramp up their recovery from COVID-19.

The Australian Government-funded event will bring together tourism and hospitality employers from all over the state, including Wide Bay, with people seeking work in the industry.

Mr O’Brien said after meeting with businesses in the tourism sector, including Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island, he recognised the pandemic had changed the way many local tourism businesses could operate.

“While the necessary COVID-19 border protections are in place, many businesses which have previously relied upon international workers are now experiencing worker shortages, which is limiting their ability to service the growing domestic tourism market,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I wrote to my colleague, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash seeking to run a virtual jobs fair for tourism, and I’m grateful for her support and look forward to seeing the opportunities this event will present for people all over Australia.

“There’s a wide range of fantastic careers in these valuable sectors, including HR, administration, retail, customer service, food and beverage, accommodation, travel, and accommodation to name a few, and it is another step towards helping Queensland’s regional economies recover.”

Mr O’Brien said the virtual jobs fair will promote tourism and hospitality opportunities throughout Queensland, demonstrating the wide range of jobs available in the sector.

“As the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out gets underway and restrictions begin to ease, the Government is committed to connecting job seekers with businesses looking to hire staff,” he said.

“Creating jobs and boosting the skills of Australians to help them get back into work is at the heart of the Morrison Government’s recovery plan, and the tourism sector is a vital part of our national economy.”