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From the Chief Executive, Felicia Mariani

26 /07/ 2018 Comments are Closed

As you know, next week is shaping up to be an exciting event with our 2018 VIC Tourism Conference completely SOLD OUT. I’m thrilled that we have constructed an event this year that inspired so many of you to attend, but I am truly disappointed that we could not satisfy all the demand from our members and the broader industry.

We’ve never had this kind of response to a conference program and certainly for next year’s event we will be looking at venues that can hold 400(+).

Beyond the Conference, VTIC has a packed event program right through to year-end that will hopefully engage our members in new ways.

Off the back of our Conference next week, we have a series of key industry events that will be worth noting in your diaries –

13 AUGUST –    VTIC’s Election Campaign Roadshow comes to Melbourne with the Hon Heidi Victoria MP as our guest that evening, responding to our 5-Point Plan for industry as we head toward the November election.

21 SEPTEMBER – Our next Premium Member Lunch in conversation with Helen Sawczak, National CEO of the Australia China Business Council.  Having met with Helen this week, this event promises to be enlightening and provocative – one not to be missed if China is high on your inbound agenda.

11 OCTOBER – VTIC’s second Melbourne Election Campaign event with the Hon John Eren MP as our special guest that evening.  So close to the election, I’m sure the Minister will have great insights to share on Government’s position on the key tourism issues contained in our 5-Point Plan.

22 OCTOBER – Our next Premium Member Lunch for this side of the new Financial Year with our special guest, Lyell Strambi, CEO of Melbourne Airport.  With international arrivals into VIC smashing records quarter on quarter, planning for growth to satisfy ever-increasing demand is crucial.  Lyell will be sharing with us the growth plans for Melbourne Airport and how this will ensure our infrastructure keeps our destination ahead of the competition.

22 NOVEMBER – Put this date in your diaries for sure – the night of nights for our tourism industry in Victoria, with the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards at Crown Palladium.  This is the night that we celebrate excellence and achievement in our industry and we do hope to see you there.

These are but a few highlights taking us to the end of the calendar year and just a sample of the ways that VTIC will be working to connect with our members.  In the months ahead, you will also see a stream of new development initiatives that we are hoping will add value to your connection with VTIC, and importantly, deliver improved business outcomes to your bottom line.

With everything we have in the pipeline for the year ahead, I would urge you to make contact with our Membership Team, Ian McDougal and Robert Ratcliffe, to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your VTIC membership.


Felicia Mariani

About the Author

Felicia Mariani

Felicia brings to VTIC extensive experience across the public, private and Not-For-Profit sectors, most recently leading The Good Food Foundation and Jamie’s Ministry of Food. Felicia has previously been in executive and senior management roles at Tourism Victoria, Managing Director of the Australian Tourism Export Council and former CEO of Tourism Tasmania.



22aug(aug 22)9:00 am24(aug 24)1:30 pmFeatured2018 Victorian Visitor Information Services (VIS) Summit9:00 am - 1:30 pm (24) Capital Theatre

22aug5:30 pm8:00 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: Fast Forward Speed Networking5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

28aug9:00 am12:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Transformative Technology Workshop9:00 am - 12:00 pm Citadines on Bourke


05sep5:30 pm7:30 pmVTIC 2018 Mixer Series - September Tourism Networking EventConnect and reconnect at our monthly mixers5:30 pm - 7:30 pm DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne

11sep9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: The Exchange9:00 am - 5:00 pm


16oct6:30 pm8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Emotional Intelligence with Mel Neil6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Victoria University


22nov6:00 pm11:00 pm2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards – Gala CeremonySave the Date6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Palladium at Crown Dress Code: Black Tie