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PETER McGAURAN MP Commonwealth Minister for Science

Media Release

$2 MILLION CENTRE LAUNCH

6th July 2004

Australia’s reputation as a world leading provider of tourism education was boosted today at the launch of a $2 million tourism education Centre of Excellence.

Australian Government Science Minister Peter McGauran officially launched the Centre at Griffith University on the Gold Coast saying the Centre will showcase Australia’s world leading tourism education system.

“Australia is at the leading edge of tourism and hospitality education. This Centre highlights Australia’s tourism expertise and develops international networks that will expand the industry,” Minister McGauran said.

“Tourism education in Australia is world class with this Centre we have the capacity to provide training for international and domestic students.

“The Centre will improve the capacity of developing countries; in particular Asia-Pacific travel and tourism educational institutions through PhD and Master’s degrees provided by Australian universities and offer a visiting scholar program allowing Australian students to gain valuable experience in international institutions.

“This Centre of Excellence is complemented by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism also based on the Gold Coast which undertakes research to secure Australia’s tourism industry.

“Tourism is Australia’s number one export generating more than 4% of the Nation’s Gross Domestic Product and directly employing more than half a million Australians. This Centre of Excellence provides even greater certainty to make sure that the industry will be sustainable into the future,” Minister McGauran said.

The Australian Government has provided the Centre seed funding of $2 million over 2003-04 to 2006-07.

Further information: Jodie Naismith (Minister McGauran’s office) 03 9639 3199 or 0419 622 915