A key factor in a successful recovery of tourism in New Zealand post pandemic is having the right people in the right place at the right time. Tourism needs employers providing quality employment, including paying a fair wage and providing upskilling opportunities. TIA advocates that all tourism businesses strive to be ‘employers of choice’ (TSC Commitment 7). For long-term success, TIA advocates and where appropriate drives for:
- A tourism workforce development strategy
- A tertiary education sector that is aligned to the needs of employers and provides a pipeline of appropriately skilled people
- Tourism to be included as an NCEA Achievement Standard to improve the pathway from secondary school
- Establishing an improved view by New Zealanders of tourism job and career opportunities
- Immigration policies that enable employers to recruit and retain overseas workers where there are no suitable New Zealanders available.