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A message from the Chief Executive, Felicia Mariani

23 /01/ 2018 Comments are Closed


It’s been an incredible start to 2018 and I’m thrilled to be taking on the challenges of leading VTIC at such a critical juncture for our industry.

January is always an exciting time in our city with the energy of the Australian Open. I know these days there are tennis events held across the country this month in most capital cities, but they’re all really just a dress rehearsal for the main event that plays out on Melbourne’s stage.

The Triennial exhibition is on show at NGV until Sunday 15 April and it’s been an incredible attraction that’s drawing audiences of all ages and diverse profiles. A celebration of art and design that spans all four levels of the gallery, this FREE exhibition has something for everyone.

With February just a week away, once again White Night will be lighting up our city and engaging visitors from dusk to dawn in a wonderland of light and entertainment. This year, we’re excited that the magic of White Night will travel to three regional centres, with Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong all set to illuminate, throwing a spotlight on the magic of regional Victoria.

As we enjoy a summer season in full swing, we have our sights firmly set on the task at hand for the year ahead. With the budget hand-down in May and the state election in November, we have been busy shaping our advocacy platform to ensure issues impeding the growth of Victoria’s visitor economy are front and centre on the political agenda for both sides of government.

Next month, on Wednesday 28 February, our annual Visitor Economy Forum will be held at MCEC. This event is a collaboration with Tourism Australia and the second half of the day is dedicated to their sharing key insights into trends and forecasts for our overseas markets.

For VTIC, this will be a pivotal time as we look to outline our agenda for the year ahead, which will form the centrepiece of our portion of the event. This will be our opportunity to map out for you our planned approach for engagement with government and other key influencers. We’ll use our time that day to share this vision with you. Click here for program and registration.

This year will be about creating a movement that firmly plants the issues of the visitor economy on the State agenda and we need you to be a powerful advocate in our campaign. Our voice can be strong if we carry the message in unison and I’ll be sharing with you how you can be a key player in this important process.


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.



15aug10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Bring On An Intern!Improving the world, one webinar at a time!10:30 am - 11:30 am

15aug6:00 pm8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Grow and Glow6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Victoria University

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