The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards acknowledges secondary students, employers, schools and registered training organisations for their contribution in the delivery of tourism, food and beverage and cookery qualifications through VETiS, and School Based Apprenticeship(s) or Traineeship(s).   

2020 Categories:

- Secondary Students:

  • Tourism
  • Food and Beverage
  • Cookery

Nominations Open - Monday 3 February 2020

The QTIC Salute to Excellence Awards recognise:

  • pathways and career opportunities within the tourism and hospitality industry for secondary students
  • innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing tourism and/or hospitality training to secondary students at a secondary school or registered training organisation (RTO),
  • employers which has achieved excellence in the provision of tourism and hospitality school-based traineeship(s) and/or apprenticeship(s).

​​​​​​Why Participate in QTIC's Salute to Excellence Awards?

  • opportunity to establish industry/employer contacts and mentors
  • progress and gain assistance with your career aspirations
  • recognition of achievements
  • meet other like-minded students, trainers and employers from across Queensland
  • identify success stories from industry professionals
  • maximise opportunities for publicity and promotion

2020 Key Dates

  • 3 February 2020 Nominations Open
  • 1 May 2020 Nominations Close
  • 18 May 2020 Notification of Judging Outcome
  • 29 June 2020 Skills Test Day for Secondary Students
  • 29 - 30 June 2020 Interviews
  • views with teacher/ trainer of the year finalists
  • 20 July 2020 RSVP closes for awards dinner
  • 27 July 2020 Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

2020 Judging Panel coming soon

2019 Judging Panel

Cookery Dustin Osuch The Star Gold Coast Executive Chef Culinary Department
Cookery Josh Lawson Bakehouse Steakhouse Head Chef
Tourism Karen Thornburn Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort & Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort Cluster Learning and Development Manager
Tourism Karen Hellsten Mountain Wine Tours Managing Director
Food & Beverage Adrienne Putelli Hilton Hotel Brisbane Director of Human Resources
Food & Beverage Kevin Puglisevich Bacchus Restaurant Manager

We are proud to be driving this initiative and remain committed to raising industry standards through training and education.

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For more information about entering or sponsoring the Salute to Excellence Awards, please contact our Workforce Development team on 07 3236 1445.



Contributes to the following SDG:

Use of Photographs and Personal Information
Award entrants, nominees and ticket purchasers are advised that we will collect your personal information for the purpose of communicating with you about the awards and associated events. This information may be kept on file (hard copy and/or electronic) for future reference.  

The Salute to Excellence Skills Test Day and Awards Dinner will be filmed and photographed for publicity and marketing purposes in printed publications and the Internet (websites and social media). If you do not give consent for your voice and/or image to be used in our printed or electronic publications, you must advise photographers in attendance that you do not want your image captured for publicity purposes.

For more information, view our Privacy Policy or request a hard copy by contacting us on 07 3236 1445 or, or write to Queensland Tourism Industry Council, C/- Office Manager, PO Box 13162, George Street QLD 4003.