Melbourne, 24 November 2016 – Victoria’s tourism and events leaders were celebrated in style this evening at the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards’ gala ceremony hosted by Tommy Little at Crown Palladium. Held by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) for their second time and in its 32nd year as the industry’s night of nights, winners across 32 categories (including 2 ‘People’s Choice’ categories) were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to the industry.
An industry led panel of 33 judges and independent auditor determined the winners via a series of submission assessments and site visits. In 2016, there were 132 entries (an increase of around 9 per cent compared with 2015) and 91 entries received a score of 75 per cent or above determining them as winners. Overall, there was a 15 per cent increase of winning entries compared with the previous year and places Victoria in a favourable position to win gold at the upcoming 2016 QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards. This demonstrates a commitment from industry to business excellence and dedication to providing high quality submissions.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council Acting Chief Executive Kristina Burke said she was delighted to see the calibre of entrants in the 2016 awards, commenting: “It’s wonderful to see more industry involved and an increased quality of submissions entered. In particular, entrants from the Murray region should be commended as the leading region claiming the most wins.”
Six operators who have won Gold awards for three consecutive years were admitted into the Hall of Fame, a true honour for these industry leaders. They were:
John McGaw, Senior Business Development Manager at Destination Melbourne, who for the last 15 years has passionately promoted Melbourne through a range of motivational programs and publications, was presented with the legendary award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
Images from tonight’s gala ceremony will be available from: www.victoriantourismawards.com.au/gala-photos/