Meet a Student/YP Member – Percy Bueno

15 January 2018

In August 2017, Percy Bueno joined the SATIC team on an industry placement basis. As well as assisting with the day-to-day running of the organisation, Percy’s main role was to assist with the preparations for the 2017 South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner – which even included an opportunity for him to take the stage and help present the Awards on the night. We caught up with Percy to learn more about his tourism journey and plans for the future.  

Having moved to Adelaide with his family in 2015 to experience a new life out of their comfort zone, Percy says his connection to the tourism industry was first sparked by his travelling experiences. From jungles, to cities and beaches, these experiences provided the opportunity for him to open his eyes to the many similarities and differences across the world.

“Tourism is one of the most innovative industries and that´s why I am attracted to it. If you develop a good strategy focused in the right market, you will be able to create different products or services according to the season, place, time, or visitors coming," says Percy.

Having completed Cert 3 in Events and a Diploma of Events Management at TAFE SA, Percy's internship with SATIC was a great opportunity to see his two passions (event management and tourism) work hand-in-hand.

During his time at SATIC, Percy’s tasks were both wide and varied – his highlight, however, was assisting with Tourism's Night of Nights – an event which welcomed 800+ attendees.

Moving forward, Percy is interested in a career in Tourism and Event Management and encourages other young tourism professionals to think outside the box and get involved within the industry.

“If you have just finished your studies, don´t think the only way to gain experience is by working in a well-known company. There are other ways to get involved in the industry, such as attending networking events, volunteering, analysing successful business cases, reading educational books or even researching the industry on the internet.”

As an industry that is rapidly changing, Percy also believes it is important for tourism professionals to be innovative and collaborate instead of compete to deliver excellence customer experiences that will “positively impact the State’s economy and create more jobs.”

Percy is currently looking for part-time work within Tourism and Event Management. To connect with Percy contact him at percybueno11@gmail.com or through his LinkedIn profile >

SATIC’s Student/Young Professional Membership provides a great opportunity to learn more about the industry and network with industry members. Learn more > 


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