Teone takes out top tourism award

Teone takes out top tourism award

Alison Dance

Teone Nutt

UC student Teone Nutt was excited to win the Young Achiever award. Photo: Michelle McAulay

5 December 2012: Final-year University of Canberra student Teone Nutt won the Young Achiever award at the Canberra Tourism Awards last week.

Ms Nutt, 23, was awarded the prize at a ceremony at the National Gallery of Australia on 26 November. The award recognises a person under the age of 30 who is helping to develop a professional and vibrant tourism industry.

“It’s an honour to have won the award and it’s wonderful that I was recognised for my efforts throughout my time at UC by the ACT tourism industry,” Ms Nutt said.

Ms Nutt recently completed a Bachelor of International Studies and Bachelor of Tourism Management at the University, saying the award was “a nice way to cap it all off”. She also works as a student ambassador and in the University’s Alumni office.

Ms Nutt has also worked in the media office at Questacon, who won the Tourism Attraction category at the awards, with Ms Nutt having played a key role in writing their 30-page nomination. She said her focus on their award made her personal achievement a surprise.

“I had been concentrating on writing the submission for Questacon’s award so much that I completely forgot that I had been nominated!”

Ms Nutt was co-nominated by Birgit Muskat and Brian Weir from the tourism program at the University. In his nomination, Mr Weir said he believes Ms Nutt will be “a likely leader of the [tourism] industry in the future”.

“Teone is an outstanding student in the UC tourism program, and is destined for great things in the industry. She is a very strong performer, both in her academic studies and in industry related projects,” Mr Weir said.  

Ms Nutt has received several awards for academic excellence and is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society, which recognises students who are in the top 15 per cent of their course. She also worked at the National Folk Festival and Mission4Mission Beach project, where she helped develop a marketing plan for the Queensland tourism industry following cyclone Yasi.

The 23-year-old said she enjoys the “challenges and rewards” of working in tourism, and that it is one of Australia’s major industries.

“It’s a challenging industry because you have to essentially sell the destination you’re working in, but it’s really rewarding when you’re able to make someone’s day because you’ve exceeded their expectations of the destination.”

Ms Nutt now plans to travel to the United States for six weeks to celebrate completing her degree, before returning to work in Australia.

“I’ve had some experience in event management in the past and would like to pursue the opportunities in this field, but I’m also keeping my options open at this stage and seeing what’s out there.”