The University of Tasmania will proceed with a hospitality school as part of a new hotel development at Kangaroo Bay in Hobart.
The University has carried out due diligence on a tenancy for the school alongside a planned hotel by developer Chambroad, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the company in July (2019).
“In looking at this opportunity a picture has emerged of a place which could become one of the genuinely standout hospitality management offerings in the country,” said Associate Professor Stuart Crispin, Executive Dean, College of Business and Economics.
“The ability to pursue this for Tasmania, given the level of investment required in facilities and development, is only possible because of the backing that the Government and Chambroad are giving to this.
“This is an opportunity to meet our State’s need for international standard tertiary studies in tourism through the practical hands-on experience of a hospitality school located in a new hotel.”
Associate Professor Crispin said the process of due diligence made apparent the potential for a broader academic model to meet the needs of the Tasmanian sector and economy.
He said the College wanted to examine strengthening existing ties with Drysdale, TasTAFE’s hospitality training area, and work with industry to service the needs of Tasmania’s visitor economy.
“In line with our College’s strategic intent, we see a model which creates opportunity for Tasmanians and other interstate students to gain the skills to contribute to our hospitality industry and build international networks so important in the industry with overseas students who will work in leading hotels around the world,” Associate Professor Crispin said.
“Our University strategy commits us to creating positive impact for and from Tasmania. Here we have so many outstanding examples of how tourism and hospitality can have a profoundly positive influence on our economy and society.
“From the incredible impact of the State’s festivals to the mountain biking led revival of Derby, Tasmania can and should lead the country in tourism and hospitality education.
“We are committed to work with industry and Government to provide new pathways and careers to a future workforce for the State, while building highly distinctive offerings to take a place on the world stage.”