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 are now open and close on 2 August 2013.
Click here for details on how to apply for this award.
2011 Award winner
In 2011, the Lynette Bergin Tourism Award was awarded to Despina Karatzias, Manager at Global Ballooning. Despina is pictured here with Kevin Shinners, a cousin of Lynette's.
This project helped Despina research two international regions, Cappadocia in Turkey and Tuscany in Italy, that are renowned for hot air ballooning as well as food and wine. This allowed Despina to experience similar tourism product and offerings in these regions and compare them with Global Ballooning’s home base in the Yarra Valley. Despina came away from this project with new strategies for tourism management and ideas on how to offer better quality tourist services and effective destination marketing to address the ongoing challenge of poor dispersal of international visitors to regional Victoria.
Past Award winners include:
- Lindsay Goding – Business Development Manager, North Asia and Gulf Countries, Tourism Victoria
- Chris Porter – Executive Officer, Business Events Victoria and Projects Coordinator for VTIC
- Matt Jones – Industry Development Coordinator, Grampians Tourism
- Erin McLeod – Accreditation Officer, Australian Tourism Accreditation Program Victoria
- Merran Fyfe – Marketing and Operations, Flagstaff Hill
- Megan Peacock – Sales & Marketing Manager, Eureka Skydeck 88
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.