Industries: Hospitality and Tourism

Nelson Tasman’s hospitality and tourism scene is a fun and energetic community to join

Enjoy a fast-paced ever changing environment

Are you a people person?  Thrive in customer service by meeting and greeting guests or creating cocktails.  Or stay out of sight while creating meals in a warm and cosy kitchen.  Utilise your eye for detail in planning and organising events or itineraries and learn about the complex logistics of travel.  Expand your horizons and develop your communication skills.

Make lifelong friends while learning on the job

This industry can bring varied worked hours, including weekends, evenings and public holidays while working mainly indoors.  Get a real feel for the industry by immersing yourself in Nelson Tasman’s great range of cafes, bars and restaurants.  Work front of house – interacting with customers and showcasing the incredible food and service.  Or test your time management and be challenged by the heat and pace of the kitchen.  Get creative and involved in food preparation and presentation.  These intangible skills will help you in all types of hospitality and tourism roles across the world.

Learn to manage your own team to ensure each shift runs smoothly.  Create staff rosters, communicate tasks to each team member all while making your customers feel relaxed.

Hospitality and tourism rely heavily on having core people management and customer service skills.  Sharing your knowledge and communicating what your business offers is key.  Utilise your knowledge of food and drink preparation and presentation.  Following all health and safety guidelines is crucial to keeping both you and your customers safe.  Learn more by undergoing further training.

Work in Golden Bay over summer and Saint Arnaud for the winter  

Take your experience and explore – move around with the seasons.  Enjoy the kayaking, kitesurfing and paddleboarding in summer.  In winter ski or snowboard on your days off in Saint Arnaud – Nelson Lakes National Park!  Perhaps you love tramping, fishing or hunting.  This industry puts you right in the centre of where you want to be.  Create your own work-life balance.

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