Media Coverage


February 2021


Snap lockdown ‘disaster’ rocks regional tourism businesses, The Age, 15 February 2021.

Snap lockdown lands billion-dollar blow to Victorian economy, The Herald Sun, 14 February 2021.

Victorian government provides funding for industry associations to hire mental health specialists, SmartCompany, 10 February 2021.

'Thrown on the scrap heap': Victoria's live events industry predicts a curtain call for businesses if JobKeeper ends as planned on March 28, Business Insider Australia, 8 February 2021.

Struggling Melbourne makes tourism SOS to booming regions, The Age, 6 February 2021.

Business tourism ‘on its knees’ as COVID-19 casts long shadow over events, The Age, 3 February 2021.


January 2021

Coronavirus: 'Give us a (tax) break', say tourism chiefs, The Australian, 29 January 2021.

Lack of hospitality staff a new blow for regions, The Weekly Times, 26 January 2021.

Bendigo Tourism Board and VTIC leaders prepare to difficult financial recovery, Bendigo Advertiser, 25 January 2021.

Summer boom for tourist towns, but is it enough? The Age, 24 January 2021.

No new local cases, four hotel quarantine cases linked to Australian Open, Herald Sun, 18 January 2021.

'Heartbreaking' losses push border town tourism businesses to brink, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 January 2021.

‘We need a national approach’: Tourism industry reacts to new permit system, 3AW Drive, 11 January 2021.


December 2020

Total border closure considered by Victorian government, Herald Sun, 20 December 2020.

Our city is in need of a shot in the arm, The Age, 19 December 2020.

Regions booming as Melbourne suffers in two-tier tourism recovery, The Age, 19 December 2020.

Lake Eildon, Bonnie Doon: No contact with water after blue-green algae warning, The Weekly Times, 15 December 2020.

Big bungle with Dan‘s freebie plan, Fraser Coast Chronicle, 13 December 2020.

Calls for state government to extend $200 travel vouchers to Melbourne’s struggling CBD,, 11 December 2020.

Calls to increase $200 regional Vic journey vouchers to Melbourne CBD, Day Update, 11 December 2020.

Victoria reaches 42 days without a new COVID-19 case as holidaymakers vie for vouchers, Eminetra, 11 December 2020.

Government apologises for website crash as Victorian holidaymakers vie for travel vouchers, The Age, 11 December 2020.

Victorians urged to 'jump online' as first batch of free travel vouchers drop, TODAY, 11 December 2020.

Requires state authorities to increase $200 journey vouchers to Melbourne’s struggling CBD, Star Tribune Magazine, 11 December 2020.

Victorian Government to release $200 travel vouchers to help boost regional tourism, ABC News, 10 December 2020.

Felicia Mariani speaks with 7NEWS Melbourne, 7NEWS Melbourne, 10 December 2020.

Victorians to receive $200 travel vouchers to kickstart COVID recovery,, 10 December 2020.

Coronavirus restrictions eased again in Victoria with changes for office workers and home visitors, ABC News, 6 December 2020.

Festival, event organisers swamped by COVID paperwork are giving up, The Herald Sun, 6 December 2020.


November 2020

Andrews Government's huge splurge in a bid to rebuild Victoria out of economic crisis, The Herald Sun, 25 November 2020.

Tourism industry says staff shortage may risk revival, The New Daily, 25 November 2020.

Social, business groups welcome Vic budget, 7 News, 24 November 2020.

Victorian Budget spends billions to reinvigorate economy, including stamp duty discounts, ABC News, 24 November 2020.

Holiday accommodation from country to coast sells out in regions as city suffers, Herald Sun, 21 November 2020.

COVID-19 border restriction set to ease, leaving VTIC chief executive optimistic about tourism economy recovering, Bendigo Advertiser, 21 November 2020.

Government to provide $10 million for Murray River Adventure Trail, Shepparton News, 19 November 2020.

Victoria unveils $200 vouchers to encourage visitors to the regions, The Age, 18 November 2020.

Victoria to start $200 tourism vouchers, 7NEWS, 18 November 2020.

$200 vouchers to be made available to help reinvigorate regional Victorian tourism, 3AW Drive with Tom Elliott, 18 November 2020.

NSW's voucher system could revive Victoria's hospitality industry, Herald Sun, 18 November 2020

National Centre of Photography puts focus on Ballarat, Mirage News, 17 November 2020.

Victoria ready to rock again, Herald Sun, 15 November 2020.

Victorians urged to help tourism industry recoup $21.7bn loss, The Weekly Times, 11 November 2020.

Halls Gap Zoo, Penguin Parade: Regional Victoria welcomes back Melburnians, The Weekly Times, 10 November 2020.

Tourism, police welcome Vic rule changes, Warrnambool Standard, 8 November 2020.

Regional Victorians cheer as 'ring of steel' comes down, but businesses fear local impact, ABC News, 8 November 2020.

Nine consecutive days of no virus cases or deaths, Melbourne finally free from lockdown, Herald Sun, 8 November 2020.

'Everyone thinks we're mad': Not a minute to lose as the Melbourne wall falls at midnight, The Age, 7 November 2020.

COVID-19 impacts on job vacancies, Echo, 6 November 2020.

Australia summer holidays: Staff shortage for regions as domestic tourism booms, Traveller, 1 November 2020. 


October 2020

Victoria on track to drop ring of steel, two of four new cases could be false positives, Herald Sun, 30 October 2020.

Victoria is getting back together but are all tourism industries happy about it? The Conversation Hour, ABC, 27 October 2020.

Ten News First Melbourne, Ten News, 27 October 2020.

Victoria celebrates ‘donut day’, as tourism industry reacts to easing of restrictions, Travel Weekly, 27 October 2020.

Covid Melbourne: Alarming prediction for badly-hit pubs as lockdown ends, Yahoo News Australia, 27 October 2020.

Victoria records no new coronavirus cases overnight, hospitality and retail to reopen, Herald Sun, 26 October 2020.

Pub group questions Melbourne opening plan, Hepburn Advocate, 26 October 2020.

Victoria coronavirus restrictions: Daniel Andrews says Melbourne's lockdown to ease from Wednesday, ABC News, 26 October 2020.

Tourism sector rejoices at Melbourne opening up, The Age, 26 October 2020.

Victorian tourism industry calls for $1.3bn cash injection after devastating ‘triple whammy’, 3AW, 26 October 2020.

Victorians rejoice as COVID-19 restrictions are eased, restarting gyms, live music and tourism, ABC News, 26 October 2020.

Victorian tourism industry unites for push to reopen visitor economy, CIM Business Events, 23 October 2020.

Tourism sector one of the hardest hit in Victoria, ABC News, 19 October 2020.

Blake Johnson and Felicia Mariani, 7 News Melbourne, 19 October 2020.

NSW-Victoria border could reopen within a month, The Age, 19 October 2020.

Coronavirus restrictions in regional Victoria are easing, but Melbourne's 'ring of steel' means not everyone can celebrate, ABC News, 19 October 2020.

Sector pleads for clarity as $23b goes down the drain, Herald Sun, 19 October 2020. 

As Victorian coronavirus restrictions ease, business pushes for concessions on Melbourne's path out of lockdown, ABC News, 18 October 2020.

How COVID marshals could save tourism, Herald Sun, 18 October 2020.

Restricted trading continues in Melbourne for retail and hospitality venues, SBS News, 18 October 2020.

Melbourne retailers fear ongoing restrictions will stop them opening, cancel Christmas, Herald Sun, 17 October 2020.

Tourism industry presses for a date to allow Melburnians to travel, The Age, 14 October 2020.