With the State Government embracing nearly all of the Victorian Taxi Industry Inquiry recommendations, the release of Melbourne Airport’s draft master plan and the launch of a parliamentary inquiry into Victoria’s heritage and ecotourism, May has been a busy month for news affecting our industry. We also welcomed the announcement that the wonderful Laura Cavallo has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of Destination Melbourne.
Taxi industry improvements
VTIC this week welcomed the Victorian Government’s response to the Taxi Industry Inquiry. The recommendations the Government has endorsed will improve the visitor experience by increasing driver knowledge, providing more specially designed accessible taxis for those with special needs and introducing measures to address queuing challenges at Melbourne Airport. To read VTIC’s media release, click here. For the Government’s response, click here.
Melbourne Airport Master Plan
The plan, released on 20 May, establishes the vision for Melbourne Airport out to 2033, including additional road infrastructure, the proposed rail link and a third runway. For more information and to comment on the plan, click here. Submissions can be made until 21 August 2013. To read the related VTIC media release, click here.
Victorian inquiry into heritage tourism and ecotourism
This inquiry is being led by the Victorian Parliament’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee and it will explore the status of heritage and ecotourism, research best practice and look at options for the future. To read the full terms of reference and to make a submission, click here. Submissions close on 1 August 2013.
New Destination Melbourne chief – Congratulations Laura Cavallo
VTIC welcomes Laura Cavallo to the role of Chief Executive Officer at Destination Melbourne. Ms Cavallo replaces Chris Buckingham who was in the chair for five years. VTIC thanks Chris for his outstanding service to our industry over many years and looks forward to continuing to work closely with Destination Melbourne.