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Message from the Acting Chief Executive, Chris Porter

20 /12/ 2017 Comments are Closed

‘Tis the season to be jolly and the industry certainly did kick up its heels at the Victorian Tourism Industry Christmas Party at Metropolis Events last Monday evening. It was a great opportunity to reflect on 2017, catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances. Thank you to both Destination Melbourne and the Melbourne Convention Bureau for their continued partnership on this event – collaboration at its best.

Sadly, at the end of November we had to say a fond farewell to Brad Ostermeyer. We would like to thank Brad for his leadership of the VTIC team and passion for the wider tourism and events industry during his time at the helm of VTIC.

But as one door closes another opens, and we are excited with the appointment of Felicia Mariani to the position of VTIC Chief Executive. Felicia will be taking up the reins of the VTIC sleigh (sorry!) from Monday 8 January. The VTIC team are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Felicia and we look forward to delivering some serious outcomes for industry throughout 2018.

Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous Christmas and New Year. Here’s to a successful 2018 for all.

Merry Christmas.

Chris Porter

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Chris Porter



22oct12:00 pm2:00 pmVTIC Premium Member Lunch with Lyell Strambi12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Angliss Restaurant


14nov6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC 2018 Mixer Series - November at Melbourne ZooConnect and reconnect at our monthly mixers6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Melbourne Zoo

21nov10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - ARE DIRECT BOOKINGS REALLY FREE?Improving the world, one webinar at a time!10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

22nov6:00 pm11:00 pm2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards – Gala CeremonyTickets on sale now6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Palladium at Crown Dress Code: Black Tie

28nov4:30 pm6:00 pm2018 VTIC Annual General Meeting4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


05dec6:00 pm9:00 pmTourism Industry Christmas Celebration 2018 - Save the Date6:00 pm - 9:00 pm TBC


20feb10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the DateImproving the world, one webinar at a time!10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

26feb9:00 am3:30 pmFeatured2018 Visitor Economy Forum and Tourism Australia Industry Briefing9:00 am - 3:30 pm Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre