VTIC members continue to be recognised for outstanding industry achievement. This month, our congratulations go to the Phillip Island Nature Park, which received the prestigious Governor of Victoria Export Award for a Small to Medium Business at a ceremony at Government House on 17 October. Well done also to the Quality Hotel Tabcorp Park, Jodie Willmer and Puffing Billy Railway for receiving significant accolades.
Phillip Island Nature Park
Matthew Jackson (centre), Phillip Island Nature Parks CEO, receives the prestigious Governor of Victoria Export Award for a Small to Medium Business from Richard Dalla-Riva (left), Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, and Chief Justice Marilyn Warren (right), Lt Governor of Victoria.
Puffing Billy Railway
Puffing Billy Railway won the Commercial Exhibitor Award for the ‘Best Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion Exhibitor’ at the Royal Melbourne Show. Their stand, which was staffed by more than 50 volunteers over the 11 days of the event, featured the railway’s ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ locomotive, guest appearances by ‘the Fat Controller’ and Puffing Billy’s mascot ‘Puff’n Bill’. The team also sold tickets and show bags.
Quality Hotel Tabcorp Park
The Quality Hotel Tabcorp Park received its third consecutive Gold Award at the 2012 Choice Hotels Australasia Conference in August. The awards recognise outstanding performance within the Choice Hotels’ stable of almost 300 properties across Australia and New Zealand.
Jodie Willmer, Travellers Aid CEO
Travellers Aid Chief Executive Officer Jodie Willmer was awarded an honorary life membership to JOY Melbourne on 1 October, in recognition of her “extraordinary commitment and contribution to the purpose of JOY Melbourne 94.9”. For the past 16 years, Jodie has volunteered as a broadcaster and she hosts the long-running weekly travel show ‘Detours’. Jodie has previously served on the committee of management, the finance and audit committee and grants team, and is now chair of the risk management committee.
Victorian Tourism Awards
With the Victorian Tourism Awards coming up next month, we’d like to wish the following VTIC members all the best with their entries:
- AusWalk Walking Holidays
- Bendigo Visitor Centre
- Blue Moon Cottages
- Bogong Horseback Adventures
- Central Deborah Gold Mine
- Citadines on Bourke Melbourne
- Comfort Inn and Suites Blazing Stump
- Crown Metropol
- Escape Discovery Adventures
- Eureka Skydeck
- Frankston Visitor Information Centre
- Geelong Visitor Information Centre
- Global Ballooning
- Go Ride a Wave
- Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
- Greenhouse Backpackers
- Habitat HQ
- Isabella at Kyneton
- Lightning Ridge Opal Mines
- Mansfield Mt Buller – The High Country Visitor Information Centre
- Melbourne Central YHA
- Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
- Melbourne Museum
- Mt Buller
- Parks Victoria Great Ocean Walk
- Phillip Island & Bass Coast Information Centre
- Port Campbell Hostel
- Quality Hotel Tabcorp Park
- Space Hotel
- Sun Country on the Murray
- The Enchanted Maze Garden
- Travellers Aid Melbourne
- Trees Adventure
- Wine Tours Victoria
For more information on the Victorian Tourism Awards, click here.