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Hot topics at VTIC – December 2012 / January 2013

19 /12/ 2012 Comments are Closed

Tour operator licences and the Victorian Taxi Industry Inquiry have been key matters for VTIC this month. Research is also high on the agenda, with the release of the National Visitor Survey results. Meetings have been held with VTIC’s policy committees to set the agenda for 2013 and we encourage members to participate in the committee meetings held throughout the year.

Tour operator licences

VTIC has been working closely with members, the State Government and other industry groups to seek simplification of the licensed tour operator (LTO) system in Victoria. In particular, we are looking to have the current LTO system simplified to reduce the administrative burden for both operators and land managers. Many members have reported significant increases in LTO and land use fees and this is also being discussed with government. We will continue to work hard in pursuing reform in this area in 2013.

National Visitor Survey results – September quarter 2012

The latest National Visitor Survey results, released by Tourism Research Australia, show that the number of overnight visitors to Victoria rose 4.7 per cent in the year ending September 2012, compared with 2011. The data also reveals that the number of day trip visitors to the state increased by 11.4 per cent. Many of Victoria’s regions recorded growth in overnight visitation, however, Gippsland, the Grampians and Victoria’s High Country experienced a decline. A full summary of Victoria’s results can be found at Tourism Victoria’s corporate website.

VTIC Policy Committees

The Attractions, Destinations and Tour and Transport Policy Committees held their second official meetings recently and are bedding down their agendas for the coming year. VTIC members are invited to attend the meetings of their policy committee as observers. The next meetings will be held in February, with details to be advised.

Victorian Taxi Industry Inquiry

The State Government has deferred its response to the Victorian Taxi Industry Inquiry final report, titled Customers First: Service, Safety, Choice, inviting further public comment on the recommendations.
For more information, and to submit a comment, see the Minister for Public Transport’s media release here.

Small Scale Accommodation Survey

As an incentive to encourage operators to register for the Small Scale Accommodation Survey, Tourism Research Australia (TRA) is offering an early bird registration gift – free accommodation data from TRA surveys and a free accommodation sector report from STR Global. This is available to establishments that register by 21 December 2012.

Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund Grants (TIRF)

We wish the best of luck to all members who applied for funding under the TIRF program. Applications for the first round closed on 14 December. Let us know how you go!

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