Tourism Talent has been established by Jason Hill (formerly of ATEED and Tourism NZ), and Dylan Rushbrook, (formerly of SKYCITY and Heritage & CityLife Hotels) who have joined forces with Nuwanthie Samarakone, CEO of ICE, a talent development agency with offices in Auckland, Asia and Europe. The new business will cover a range of services and is a talent development and talent connection marketplace specifically for the tourism sector.
The New Zealand tourism industry is facing a critical skills shortage according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa and will need to fill up to 47,000 tourism roles by 2025 to meet the demand. Hill saw a gap in the market to create an online platform connecting tourism businesses, to experienced professionals, or up and coming talent who have studied tourism. Samarakone and Rushbrook bought their experiences and networks to the team and the result is a company that will offer executive recruitment, hospitality temping services, an online marketplace, and an online mentoring platform full of video content for free.