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Victoria’s tourism operators recognised at industry awards

20 /11/ 2012 Comments are Closed

VTIC is today pleased to congratulate the winners of the state’s tourism awards, saying many of the winners were participants in the body’s awards mentoring and awards preparation programs.

VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith says, “We are proud of all of the nominees and winners in the 2012 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. Their wins highlight the talent our state and why it is renowned for its diversity of tourism offerings.

“We were very pleased to have worked with Tourism Victoria to manage the coordination and delivery of Victorian Tourism Awards workshops throughout the state in the lead up to the awards event.

“The workshops were well-attended and offered a valuable insight into how best to prepare a nomination that highlights the value of each of our tourism offerings to our state.”

More than 600 tourism providers attended briefing workshops across Victoria. VTIC also assisted Tourism Victoria by providing a Victorian Tourism Awards Mentor Program for tourism providers, and acted as a judge in some of the 32 categories.

“We thank Tourism Victoria for offering tourism providers the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the awards nomination process. The results of our mentoring support program and the awards preparation workshops have been evidenced throughout the exemplary standards of the awards entries,” says Ms Smith.

Winners of the 2012 Tourism Victoria Awards included VTIC members:

  • Melbourne Museum* (Major Tourist Attractions)
  • Blue Moon Cottage (Standard Accommodation)
  • Great Ocean Road Surf Tours (Adventure Tourism)
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Business Tourism)
  • Crown Metropol (Luxury Accommodation)
  • Bendigo Visitor Centre (Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers)
  • Habitat HQ* (Backpacker Accommodation)
  • Frankston Visitor Information Centre (Visitor Information and Services)
  • Destination Melbourne (Tourism Education and Training and Tourism Marketing)
  • Travellers Aid Australia (Specialised Tourism Services)
  • Peninsula Hot Springs (Health and Wellbeing Tourism and Tourist Attractions)
  • Matt Jones – Grampians Tourism (Young Achiever)

*Hall of Fame inductees for winning their category three years in a row.

VTIC especially recognises the brilliant contribution of its Chair, Sovereign Hill CEO Jeremy Johnson, who took out the Most Outstanding Contribution by an Individual award.

“Victoria has a range of diverse tourism offerings and we are glad our tourism providers are recognised through such a prestigious event,” says Ms Smith.

“We congratulate all winners, and thank our tourism providers for their outstanding contribution to our successful tourism industry.”

Media contact: Melina Walton, Senior Communications Adviser, mwalton@vecci.org.au, 03 8662 5310, 0423 883 945


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