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Lynette Bergin Tourism Award

An award to support professional and personal growth

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) offers the Lynette Bergin Tourism Award annually. The Award is a grant for an individual, promoting professional and personal growth, and benefitting the Victorian tourism and events industry.

Applicants may propose undertaking any case study that will contribute to their personal and professional development. The Award offers up to $8,000 to the applicant and a further $1,000 to the applicant’s employer.

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.

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.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for the Lynette Bergin Tourism Award will open mid-2018.

Past Award winners include:

  • 2017 – Pete Wallace, Searoad Ferries | Virtual reality and its application in tourism
  • 2016 – Ashlee Kay, Peninsula Hot Springs | The changing landscape of tourism in Victoria – the sharing economy
  • 2015 – Raffelle Lawrence, The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant | Unique Dining Experiences
  • 2014 – Emma Cullen, Eureka Sydeck 88 | Activating the Yarra River
  • 2013 – Natalie Duke, Melbourne Food and Wine | Exploring tourism packages and ticketing structures of major events
  • 2011 – Despina Karatzias, Global Ballooning | Food, wine and hot air balloon tourism
  • 2006 – Chris Porter, Business Events Victoria and Projects Coordinator for VTIC
  • Lindsay Goding, Phillip Island Nature Parks | The China market
  • Matt Jones, Grampians Tourism
  • Erin McLeod, Australian Tourism Accreditation Program Victoria
  • Merran Fyfe, Flagstaff Hill
  • Megan Peacock, Melbourne Aquarium

About Lynette Bergin

(1953 – 2004)

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.

In naming an Award in honour of Lynette Bergin, the Victoria Tourism Industry Council seeks 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. This short tribute has been prepared about Lynette and her amazing involvement in the tourism industry.

Lynette Bergin