A message from Acting Chief Executive, Erin Joyce
It’s hard to believe that I am writing my 6th and final e-news introduction when it seems only yesterday that I joined the VTIC team.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Acting Chief Executive here at VTIC; I have learnt many things and hopefully made a great contribution to the future growth and direction of the industry during this time. It has been an honour to represent and advocate for an industry which is ‘in my blood’ and to work with a smart and dedicated team of people. Together we have shaken a few trees, questioned what we do, achieved, driven great results and had some fun along the way.
Before I proceed, I would like to speak on behalf of industry in thanking Nick Foa for his time as interim Chief Executive of Tourism Victoria. This afternoon we were advised that Nick will be resuming his substantive role in the Department of Health and Human Services as the Deputy Secretary Sport, Infrastructure, International Engagement and Director of Housing. Thank you Nick for engaging closely with industry during this crucial time of transition and for your valuable contribution to Victoria’s Visitor Economy. Welcome also to Tim Ada who will be the interim Chief Executive until the new CEO commences.
As my chapter as Acting CE also comes to an end, I’d specifically like to thank the Chair, Jeremy Johnson for his fantastic support and guidance – his energy and enthusiasm are something to aspire to. Also, the Policy Committee Chairs, it has been a pleasure working with them all to strengthen our industry and to be able to draw from their knowledge and experience as we work through policy and advocacy objectives and set the future policy agendas.
I’d also like to thank the VTIC Board for their support and trust, as well as the Victorian Chamber for putting their faith in me to take over the reins from Dianne for the 6 month secondment period, more specifically to Dianne Smith herself and also to Sally Capp and Mark Stone.
Finally to the VTIC team, I have a new appreciation for what they do and how hard they work for our industry. We are all very lucky to have them constantly championing the tourism and events cause and delivering for our growing list of members across the State.
I look forward to seeing VTIC continue to deliver and prosper as the peak, independent and influential ‘one voice’ for the state’s tourism and events industry, and to catching up with all of you in the near future at the next VTIC event or function.
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming VTIC Regional Roadshows and also the Victorian Tourism Conference ‘The Experience Evolution’, it’s going to be amazing – not to be missed!