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Showcasing our super sector

25 /06/ 2014 Comments are Closed

By VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith

Tourism creates jobs and delivers economic prosperity to communities right across our state. With the right strategies and support in place, it can be one of the leading industries driving Victoria’s growth in the coming decades.

Latest statistics show international visitor expenditure in Victoria grew 6.7 per cent to $4.8 billion in the year ending March 2014, while the number of international overnight visitors grew 10 per cent year-on-year to 1.99 million. It’s safe to say that our industry is definitely doing something right, but to secure further growth we can’t afford to be complacent.

Victoria is competing with developing destinations all over the world. Indeed, the introduction of instantaneous online bookings and low cost airlines remind us just how competitive our industry is. So what can we do to ensure Victoria capitalises on its tourism potential?

We need to be unrelenting in our advocacy of the importance of the sector. People need to be aware that tourism is a significant economic driver and that it is an essential part of the employment mix in our regional communities.

We need to understand the future opportunities, particularly the booming Asian visitor economy and how we can best position ourselves to appeal to this market in the coming decades.
Also important is ensuring that there is a continued partnership between government and industry and an acceptance that both share the cost of achievement and the spoils of economic success.

The 2014 Victorian Tourism Conference has been developed with the future in mind. To be held from 14-15 July at The Pier Geelong, the conference will feature an impressive program of speakers who will provide key insights into the future and help us continue be a strong and sustainable industry. I’m looking forward to some inspiration, especially from our international keynote speaker Anna Pollock.

I invite you to attend the 2014 Victorian Tourism Conference and share your business stories, challenges and triumphs. An industry that learns together, earns together. Make sure you book by midnight on 7 July.

We look forward to seeing you in Geelong!

VTIC

About the Author

VTIC

The peak body for Victoria's tourism and events industry, VTIC represents key industry associations and operators, with over 1400 members.

Events

august

20aug10:30 am1:00 pmRegional Industry Conversations - Mornington10:30 am - 1:00 pm AEST Red Gum BBQ, Red Hill

21augallday23allday2019 Victorian Visitor Information Services Summit(All Day) Holmesglen at Eildon

21aug6:00 pm8:00 pmYTN presents: Career Confidence6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Victoria University

22aug1:00 pm3:30 pmRegional Industry Conversations - Warragul1:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST Warragul Country Club

23aug10:30 am1:00 pmRegional Industry Conversations - Phillip Island10:30 am - 1:00 pm AEST Ramada Resort Phillip Island - Bass room

27aug1:00 pm3:30 pmRegional Industry Conversations - Wangaratta1:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre

29aug5:00 pm7:30 pmRegional Industry Conversations - Lakes Entrance5:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEST Lakes Entrance

september

04sep10:30 am1:00 pmRegional Industry Conversations - Eastern Melbourne10:30 am - 1:00 pm AEST Ringwood - TBC Melbourne

04sep6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC 2019 Spotlight on a Member - Auscarts RacingConnect and reconnect at our monthly Spotlight on a Member 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Auscarts

06sep1:00 pm3:30 pmRegional Industry Conversations - Geelong1:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST Geelong

12sep6:00 pm8:00 pmYTN presents: Building Big Ideas - Discover your Inner Entrepreneur6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

october

30oct4:30 pm6:30 pm2019 VTIC Annual General Meeting4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

november

28nov6:00 pm11:00 pm2019 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards6:00 pm - 11:00 pm AEST Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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