Lynette Bergin Tourism Award

An award to support professional and personal growth

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) continues to offer the Lynette Bergin Tourism Award. The Award will offer up to $8,000 to the applicant and a further $1,000 to the applicant’s employer.

In naming the Award in honour of Lynette Bergin, we seek to perpetuate the skills and contribution Lynette made to the industry and celebrate the guiding hand she offered to many of the industry’s new recruits. A short tribute has been prepared about Lynette and her involvement in the tourism industry: Click here to see the tribute.

The Award seeks to promote skills and excellence among young people and new entrants into the tourism and events industry, and contribute to the continued development and growth of tourism.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2014 Award have now closed. 

Download the application form and details >

Past Award winners include:

  • Lindsay Goding, Tourism Victoria
  • Chris Porter, Business Events Victoria and Projects Coordinator for VTIC
  • Matt Jones, Grampians Tourism
  • Erin McLeod, Australian Tourism Accreditation Program Victoria
  • Merran Fyfe, Flagstaff Hill
  • Megan Peacock, Eureka Skydeck 88
  • Despina Karatzias, Global Ballooning
  • Natalie Duke, Melbourne Food and Wine Events Ltd

VTIC conducted a webinar to help potential applicants effectively address the assessment criteria & provide submission direction.

Download the webinar presentation here!

About Lynette Bergin

The tourism industry will remember Lynette Bergin in lots of ways; someone who always got into the swing of an event – a silly hat, dressed as the plum pudding or the Christmas tree or trailing a bright blue boa.

Lynette always left an impression and usually in brightly coloured shoes! In the early 1990s, she provided a role model for many new and emerging tourism businesses. Lynette encouraged them all to integrate more fun into the sales process and the product message from Victoria became wrapped into a variety of entertainment themes. The enthusiasm with which the industry responded to these ideas was testament to their success and Lynette's commitment to professionalism.

She was the consummate sales person; she built her networks into family friends, with annual festivities and family celebrations. Lynette was where the business was – out in the market place not behind her desk.

Above all, she was a caring and compassionate person, loyal to tourism and to her workmates in an industry that she loved. She showed incredible dedication to her employer and to the tourism industry and regardless of her commitment to her job she always found time to mentor and guide the newest tourism recruits.

Tutelage in Lynette's care always included gentle guidance, education on the industry protocols and a long remembered example of how to enjoy every moment of your job and your life. Lynette's family are proud that her involvement and contribution to the tourism industry will be recognised through this Tourism Fellowship Award.