The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is delighted to announce that Bendigo has been chosen to host the state’s annual tourism industry conference in 2016.
Presented by VTIC, the Victorian Tourism Conference is the annual opportunity for businesses and operators from throughout Victoria’s tourism and events sectors to share experiences and learn from industry leaders.
VTIC Acting Chief Executive Erin Joyce said Bendigo was selected because it shows leadership as a region, works collaboratively to develop rich cultural, artistic and historic tourism experiences, and is a vibrant, high-quality leisure and business tourism destination.
“Bendigo submitted a stand-out proposal to host the event, including the breathtaking new Ulumbarra Theatre as the venue, an innovative concept for the Gala Dinner, well presented pre-event tours and options, and a wide variety of quality accommodation for participants,” said Ms Joyce.
Ms Joyce said she expects that up to 400 delegates from throughout Victoria will attend the two day conference.
City of Greater Bendigo Tourism Manager Kathryn Mackenzie said conferences of this size inject considerable funds into the local economy.
“We are thrilled that Bendigo is being recognised as a leader and innovator in the tourism and events space by winning the chance to host the Victorian Tourism Conference 2016,” she said.
The tourism and events industry is a significant contributor to the visitor economy and is recognised as the seventh pillar of our state’s economy, generating 6 per cent (over 200,000) of Victoria’s jobs.
The conference will be held on 25 – 26 July 2016 at Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre.