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32 Gold winners celebrated in the 32nd RACV Victorian Tourism Awards

25 /11/ 2016 Comments are Closed

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:

  1. Bendigo Tramways, Bendigo
  2. BIG4 Beacon Resort, Geelong and the Bellarine
  3. Drift House, Great Ocean Road
  4. Global Ballooning, Melbourne
  5. Green Olive at Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula
  6. Sovereign Hill, Ballarat

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/

 View the the complete winners list here >

 

 

Ellana Katos

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Ellana Katos

As our Communications Coordinator, Ellana Katos keeps our members up to date with the news and events that matter most across our website, social media and enews. Born and bred in Geelong, Ellana is a bubbly part of the VTIC team and love that we work to promote the growth and sustainability of regional Victoria, and also for her new home of Melbourne. Learn more about Ellana

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Events

may

31may10:00 am- 12:00 pmMornington Peninsula Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session10:00 am - 12:00 pm Green Olive at Red Hill

june

1jun1:00 pm- 3:00 pmPhillip Island Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
5jun9:30 am- 11:30 amYarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session9:30 am - 11:30 am RACV Healesville Country Club
7jun1:00 pm- 3:00 pmGrampians Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Royal Mail Hotel
9jun10:00 am- 12:00 pmGippsland Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session10:00 am - 12:00 pm Grand Ridge Brewery

july

24jul - 25jul 249:00 amjul 252017 Victorian Tourism Conference9:00 am - 5:00 pm (25) Flemington Racecourse

august

10aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Alert! Crisis Management6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Crown College

october

10oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Career Blueprints6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Crown College