1. What is the program?

ATEC’s ELITE 2018 program is designed to identify ATEC member future leaders with the skills and knowledge to sustain Australia’s $40 billion export tourism industry into the future. The program sets a benchmark of excellence for dedicated tourism professionals.

The key outcomes of the twelve week educational and mentoring program are:

  1. Create an engaged group of emerging leaders who understand the challenges and opportunities of Australia’s export tourism industry and are provided with highly valuable and practical skills.
  2. Connect the current leaders of the export tourism community with the future leaders of tomorrow
  3. Combine a strong leadership and professional development course with real life industry issues and case studies

2. Who should apply?

Dedicated individuals who are passionate about the tourism industry, who wish to develop leadership skills, extend their knowledge of the sector and develop collaborative partnerships with their peers and mentors for long-term networking and support.
ELITE 2018 invites early to mid-career emerging leaders (approx. 2-3 years industry experience) who are committed to the tourism sector’s success. There is no age limit for this program, but total intake will be limited.

Participants in the program will come from all sections of the export tourism community: buyers and sellers alike; from inbound tour operators, national/state/regional tourism bodies, tourism SMEs, and large national companies from sub-industries such as accommodation, transport or touring. We look for a range of skills, experience and knowledge. The key asset of this program is weaving leadership skills in to real life industry issues and opportunities. The ability to work on real-world industry opportunities and put knowledge gained in to action is hugely valuable, as well as being able to collaborate with industry peers from all corners of Australia. Not only do you enhance your leadership skills, you are also provided a senior industry mentor who has been a long-term leader of tourism exports.

3. How many emerging leaders are selected for the program?

There will be no limit to the number of applicants, however each application will be reviewed and assessed by the ELITE 2018 selection panel.

4. How do I apply?
Invitations for nomination will be opening in February 2018. Individuals are invited to nominate themselves, or organisations are encouraged to nominate members of their team who would benefit from inclusion in the program.

5. What time commitment is required from an ELITE Emerging Leader?

If you’re successful, you will need to attend over a 14 week period:

  • 2 face to face sessions (in Sydney or surrounds, TBC): one for program launch August 2018 (attendance strongly recommended), and one for final presentations and graduation during ATEC Meeting Place in Darwin from 19-21 November (compulsory to attend). 
  • 6 learning circle interactive virtual classes focussed on personal leadership skills development, during the same time each fortnight.
  • 6 one on one sessions with your mentor (Over the phone/in person/online), during the alternate week you are not attending an online learning circle.
  • 4 industry thought leader ‘tourism-talk’ workshops by webinar attendance, viewable as video-on-demand content.
A 90% attendance rate and a demonstrated commitment to your ELITE learning circle group is expected for successful completion of the course.

6. When and where will the program be run? 
Other than the opening launch and final presentation sessions in Sydney (or similar), the entire program can be done via the online learning circle environment, thus there is no barrier to interstate and regional participants or those who travel. You will be asked to commit to a set fortnightly learning circle time and will be assigned a group accordingly. You can choose from either 12-2pm or 3.30-5.30pm allocation during set weekdays - to fit in best with your work schedule.

7. What will the program cost?
$1500 + GST including mentor facilitation, course materials and facilitation, 1 day Meeting Place conference attendance, Graduation/Gala dinner attendance, and ongoing 2018 alumni support and networking opportunities. Participants are expected to pay travel and accommodation costs when required to be away from their usual base.

8. What will the program cover?

The program content, although subject to change, will be as follows:

  • Your personal brand and digital presence
  • The personal leadership toolkit
  • Creating business value: the value proposition*
  • Innovation and ideas*
  • Implementing change positively*
  • Optimism and resilience in an ever changing environment*

*Course content will be complimented by webinars from ATEC industry thought leaders with real-life industry case studies

The program will culminate in your small working groups delivering specific and real life industry solution presentations to ATEC member organisations at Meeting Place in late November.

Graduates will be presented certificates and recognition at the Meeting Place gala dinner in Darwin.