Awards . Categories & Criteria . South Australian Tourism Student of the Year

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South Australian Tourism Student of the Year

Supported by Skal International Adelaide

This award recognises an outstanding tourism student and their commitment to contribute to the development of a vibrant and professional tourism industry in South Australia.

The recipient will undertake an exchange program organised by Skal International Adelaide, lasting 7 -10 days and including:

  • return airfares to Christchurch, along with accommodation and travel insurance; and
  • the chance to work and meet with tourism operators in the Christchurch and Canterbury regions.

Entry Criteria:

  • All nominees must be 18 years of age or older on 11th September 2018.
  • Nominees must be currently enrolled in a Tourism course (2018 term/semester).
  • The nominee must be available to accept the tourism exchange prize and meet the additional requirements as specified below.
  • The Student must be nominated by the Tourism University/College/TAFE or other accredited learning centre.
  • In nominating a student, the education institution agrees to purchase a ticket for the nominated student to attend the 2018 SA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner – Friday, 9 November 2018.


Additional Requirements:

  • Provide a medical history signed by the nominated student’s physician stating they are fit for travel.
  • Provide evidence that the nominated student has sufficient financial support to assure their well-being during the exchange. 


Important Notes:

  • The award will not be made to the same person twice.
  • The nominee’s Resume and no more than 3 letters of recommendation may be included.
  • Copy of documentation such as driver’s license, passport, etc. should be included to verify age.
  • The award will be presented at the discretion of the judges, based on the submission received.
  • This category is specific to South Australia, and the winner will not go on to become a finalist in the Australian Tourism Awards.
  • The criteria and rules for entry for the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards DO NOT apply to this category. 

The judges will take into account the following aspects when assessing a nomination:


Provide a brief overview of yourself, highlighting your personal attributes. Include a brief history of your career in tourism, and a description of your studies and achievements. Please include some form of documentation that verifies you will be over the age of 18 as of 16th September 2017. (10 points)


  • Extracts from your curriculum vitae may be useful.
  • Include previous and current studies as well as previous and current employment.
  • What are your interests and accomplishments within the tourism industry?
  • Have you ever travelled overseas? If yes please detail. 


Provide reasons why you think you would be a good candidate for the student exchange program. (20 points)


  • What personal benefits would you derive from the student exchange program?
  • Include references and letters of recommendation. 



Provide details on what you hope to accomplish as the Skal International South Australian Exchange Student. (20 points)


  • Consider accomplishments during your exchange and after you return.
  • What are your plans and ambitions for your education / career in tourism in South Australia and how will participation in the exchange further this?


Maximum length: 2500 words

Total score: 50 points.

NB: This category does not incur a nomination fee.*In nominating a student, the education institution agrees to purchase a ticket for the nominated student to attend the 2017 SA Tourism Awards Gala Dinner – Friday, 09 November 2018.

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