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Qantas Founders Museum

Media Release

 22 February 2019




Carissa Uprichard (left) with her mentor Krista Hauritz (right).

Qantas Founders Museum Customer Service Manager, Carissa Uprichard has been selected as one of 33 mentees to take part in Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) 2019 Young Professionals Mentoring Program.

The program, which runs over a six month period, enables participants to gain professional development, knowledge and skills through the sharing of information and experience, matched with a senior industry professional.

Carissa’s mentor is Krista Hauritz, a tourism marketing and events specialist with over 25 years’ industry experience. Krista has a passion for country and regional Australia and has worked on award-winning events and tourism projects for local and state governments, private enterprise, towns and regions. Krista is featured in the Who’s Who of Queensland and Who’s Who of Australian Business Women publications. Some of the projects and events Krista has worked on in Outback Queensland include Mount Isa Rodeo, Winton Outback Festival and Bouila Camel Races.

QTIC Chief Executive Daniel Gschwind said the future of tourism depended on the passion, commitment and skills of young tourism professionals.

“This year we have another extraordinary group of young people willing to further not only their own careers, but also continue to build up our industry,” he said.

“They’ve signed up to our mentoring program to be inspired by highly qualified tourism professionals and experts.

“We look forward to seeing what this year’s mentees will go on to do in the future.”

Carissa Uprichard said she was excited to be apart of the QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program and looks forward to meeting with her mentor over the six month period.

“The QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program is a great opportunity for young people working in tourism and I am thrilled to be one of the mentees in the program,” Carissa Uprichard said

“I love working in tourism and hope this program will provide me with skills and networks that I will use throughout my career.”

Carissa is the third Qantas Founders Museum staff member to be chosen to participate in the QTIC Young Professionals Mentoring Program. Previous staff members include Simon Kuttner and Nicole Kuttner.



 Carissa Uprichard is a Customer Service Manager at Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach, Queensland.

Carissa started working at Qantas Founders Museum while still a junior at high school. After leaving the Museum for a couple of years to concentrate on her senior years of high school, Carissa returned to the Museum in March 2014 where she was hired as a Tour Guide and member of the Customer Service Team. In 2017 she became a Customer Service Manager.


Photo was supplied by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council photographer Nick Christie Photography


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