The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) has congratulated the winners of the 2014 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards for the outstanding contribution they make to the state’s tourism sector.
“On behalf of the industry I congratulate the award winners who have been recognised for the outstanding contribution they make to tourism in our state,” said VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith.
“VTIC is delighted to see so many of our members achieving success and recognition through these awards, as the majority of winners and finalists (over 62%), are VTIC members.
“Solid business foundations are essential for a sustainable and professional tourism industry. The Victorian Tourism Awards are a wonderful way of showcasing business excellence, as well as the depth and breadth of products and experiences in our state.”
Ms Smith’s comments come in the wake of more than 900 tourism and event industry leaders and professionals gathering at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre last night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the awards which showcase the leading tourism products, experiences and services across the state.
Some of the winners by category include:
- Sovereign Hill – Major Tourist Attractions
- Peninsula Hot Springs – Tourist Attractions
- Melbourne Cup Carnival – Major Festivals and Event
- Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park – Ecotourism
- Bendigo Tramways – Heritage and Cultural Tourism
- Leisure Options – Specialised Tourism Services
- Frankston Visitor Information Centre – Visitor Information and Services
- Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – Business Tourism
- Searoad Ferries – Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
- Global Ballooning Australia – Tour and/or Transport Operators
- Enchanted Adventure Garden & Tree Surfing – Adventure Tourism
- Crown College Melbourne – Tourism Education and Training
- Fowles Wine Cellar Door Café – Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
- BIG4 Beacon Resort – Tourist and Caravan Parks
- Space Hotel – Backpacker Accommodation
- Quality Hotel Wangaratte Gateway – Deluxe Accommodation
- Naturewise Eco Escapes – New Tourism Development
- Murrindindi Shire Council – Local Government Award for Tourism
- Alla Wolf-Tasker – Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
The evening was opened by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon. Louise Asher MP, and the audience was also treated to a performance by the cast of “Once”, the musical currently showing at the Princess Theatre.
Once again VTIC played a significant role in the tourism awards program, delivering preparatory workshops across the state, as well as coordinating the entrants’ mentoring program and judging panel.