Planning for the upcoming VTIC Ideas Forum and regional workshops has kept our team busy this month, as has advocating for measures to boost tourism access in Victoria such as a dedicated SkyBus lane on the Tullamarine Freeway. New research has also provided a snapshot of how our industry is faring and VTIC has actively encouraged the State Government to prioritise the implementation of the VCEC inquiry reforms.
Information released to journalists under the Freedom of Information process indicates that the State Government has considered adapting existing emergency lanes on the Tullamarine Freeway into dedicated lanes for SkyBus services to Melbourne Airport. VTIC supports any measure that improves access to Victoria and makes the tourism experience more pleasant for visitors.
See our media release here.
Tourism Research Australia (TRA) quarterly publication
Tourism Research Australia (TRA) has begun publishing a TRA Quarterly report that compiles results from key indicators such as tourist expenditure, accommodation figures and aviation seat capacity, plus a host of other measures to give an overall picture of how the tourism industry is faring.
TRA Quarterly can be viewed here.
VCEC Inquiry into Tourism
The Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission released the recommendations from its inquiry into Victoria’s tourism industry in August 2012. VTIC is working with the State Government to ensure these recommendations are implemented efficiently, allowing the tourism industry to reap the rewards of reduced red tape governing sensitive tourism development on crown land as soon as possible. Further information on VCEC is available here.
VTIC’s policy committees
The next meetings of the Tour and Transport, Attractions and Destinations policy committees will take place on 19 February. Members are welcome to observe these meetings.
For further information on the VTIC policy committees, please contact Policy Manager Letitia Hatton by phoning 03 8662 5414.