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Emerging Leaders of Inbound Tourism Excellence Applications Now Open

28 May 2024

ATEC’s award-winning leadership development program is back for 2024 and is ready to empower the next generation of emerging leaders in inbound tourism. ELITE (Emerging Leaders of Inbound Tourism Excellence) promises engaging online sessions for leadership development and participants will be paired with mentors who embody excellence within the industry.

Applications for the 2024 program have now opened and will close on 3 June 2024.

What is ATEC’s ELITE program?

ELITE standing for Emerging Leaders of Inbound Tourism Excellence is ATEC’s annual leadership program, designed to identify leaders with the skills and knowledge to sustain Australia’s inbound tourism industry into the future. The program sets a benchmark of excellence for dedicated tourism professionals.

Who should apply?

We encourage emerging leaders with approximately 2-5 years of industry experience who are committed to driving success in the tourism industry. There is no age limit for ELITE however the program is aligned with our Young ATEC network which connects the 35-and-under tourism community.

Our emerguing leaders are dedicated individuals who are passionate about the tourism industry, who wish to develop leadership skills, extend their knowledge of the sector and develop collaborative partnerships with their peers and mentors for long-term networking and support.

Participants in the program will come from all sections of the inbound tourism community: buyers and sellers alike; from inbound tour operators, national/state/regional tourism bodies, small and medium tourism enterprises and large national companies from sub-industries such as accommodation, transport or touring. We look for a range of skills, experience and knowledge. The key asset of this program is weaving leadership skills into real life industry issues and opportunities. The ability to work on real world industry opportunities and put knowledge gained into action.

What about mentors?

Mentors with 10+ years of industry experience in a leadership role are strongly encouraged to participate. As a mentor you will have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of our industry’s leaders. There is no cost involved in becoming a mentor, only your time!

When and where will the program be run?

We will kick off in Just 2024 with an exciting virtual launch event. The entire program (July – October) will be conducted virtually in a dynamic online learning circle environment. This means no geographical barriers whether you’re from interstate, a reginal area or on the go, you can engage with the program. You will commit to a fortnightly learning circle where you’ll connect with like-minded peers and industry experts.

What’s the investment?

The program fee for ELITE 2024 is $2000 + GST. Here’s what’s included:

  • Matched mentorship and additional access to industry leaders who will guide and inspire throughout the program.
  • Electronic welcome pack to get you started with essential resources and program details.
  • Virtual course materials to be used alongside the learning circles.
  • Facilitated classes and tutorials designed to be engaging and interactive.
  • Access to a virtual group communications centre to connect, collaborate and share insights with fellow ELITE participants.

Bonus: Meeting Place 2024

While the participation fee does not cover the B2B portion of Meeting Place 2024, we’ve got your conference attendance covered. If you are interested in participating in the B2B portion of the event, arrangements can be made via a supplementary fee. Any travel and accommodation to attend will be at participants’ own cost


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