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With change, consultation is crucial

23 /09/ 2015 Comments are Closed

Spring has sprung and change is in the air. As you may be aware, I have recently announced that I will be taking a six-month secondment at the new entity for tourism and major events, Visit Victoria, in the role of GM Regional, and so, while this is not goodbye, you might hear less from me for a little while.
I am pleased to take up this wonderful opportunity, which I believe signals the value placed by policymakers on the role of VTIC and industry insight in governance as we work together to drive Victoria’s Visitor Economy.
Please join me in welcoming experienced tourism professional Erin Joyce who will act as VTIC Chief Executive for the corresponding period.
Despite my own change, there have been many considerable changes for industry of late, and many more matters arising. Throughout this, the importance of consulting with industry and the potential for us to play a partnership role with government is highlighted.
The State Government’s recently-launched new brand for Victoria is a fitting example of the importance of industry consultation and the need for collaboration between industry and government. While we acknowledge the importance of renewal, the Jigsaw Brand has served us well, and has been a key strength for Victoria. We’re hopeful that a brand solution for consumer-facing marketing may be developed and for genuine consultation with the industry regarding the most appropriate use of the Jigsaw as brand architecture for the future.
Another example which highlights the great need for industry consultation is the State Government’s action to reduce maximum lease terms in Victoria’s national parks from 99 to 21 years. VTIC has responded strongly to this action, calling on the Parliament of Victoria to consider reducing maximum lease terms to no less than 50 years. Our main concern is it will discourage much needed tourism investment.
We look forward to working through these changes and are pleased with the increased focus on the Victorian Visitor Economy.
I would like to thank the VTIC Board and VECCI for enabling my secondment, and I look forward to staying in touch with VTIC members and stakeholders in the coming months.

Dianne Smith

About the Author

Dianne Smith

Dianne Smith has enjoyed being Chief Executive of Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) since January 2012. In this role, Dianne draws on her vast knowledge and experience gained from over 20 years in the industry which has included marketing, visitor services, policy and strategy roles in regional Victoria and Melbourne.

Events

october

04oct5:30 pm7:30 pmVTIC Mixer Series - Tourism Networking Event5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Pullman Melbourne on the Park

10oct12:00 pm2:00 pmVTIC & VEIC Premium Member Luncheon12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Angliss Restaurant

10oct6:00 pm8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Career Blueprints6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Crown College

18oct10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Smarten up your Chinese Marketing Strategy10:30 am - 11:30 am

november

01nov5:30 pm7:30 pmVTIC Mixer Series - Tourism Networking Event (Save the Date)5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

22nov10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Government GrantsWe can show you where to look!10:30 am - 11:30 am

23nov6:00 pm11:00 pm2017 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards – Gala Ceremony6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Palladium at Crown

29nov4:30 pm5:30 pmSAVE THE DATE - VTIC AGM4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

december

11dec6:00 pm10:00 pmVictorian Tourism Industry Christmas Party6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Metropolis Level 4

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