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Supporting tourism an investment, not a subsidy

27 /08/ 2014 Comments are Closed

By VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith

As I stood at a lectern at the Phillip Island GP Circuit last week, I was inspired not only by the view of Bass Strait, but by the 100-odd industry players gathered for the Phillip Island Tourism Conference. Given it’s less than 100 days away, I shared the flavour of what to expect from VTIC in the months leading up to Victoria’s state election.

Tourism is, has and will continue to be a sector that relies on a partnership between government and industry in order to function and flourish. As a sector, we must ensure that all governments are aware that allocating funds to tourism is an investment, not a subsidy, and it’s an investment not to be trifled with. Appropriately-directed government funding is a down payment on massive economic and employment returns. After all, tourism equals jobs.

By the end of this year, Phillip Island will demonstrate one of the best examples of public/private partnership. The State Government, through the Regional Growth Fund, is supporting the collaboration between Phillip Island Nature Parks and Wildlife Coast Cruises to launch a new eco boat tour as part of the Nobbies and Summerland Tourism Expansion project.

Phillip Island also benefits from the State Government’s continued support of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, because of the flow-on interest that event generates for the Moto GP.

VTIC was proud to again demonstrate its unflinching support for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix when Melbourne’s contract to host the event was recently extended.

In other news, VTIC recently announced the member-elected positions for three policy committees that turn over this year. Congratulations to all those who were nominated and will be joining this important network.

On policy committees, I wish to advise that there was a discrepancy in the Destinations Policy Committee election. Laura Cavallo of Destination Melbourne Limited should have received an ‘automatic seat’ as part of Destination Melbourne’s Premium VTIC membership package. Consequently, an elected member position was vacated and filled by the candidate who received the next highest number of votes.  VTIC is delighted to welcome Roger Grant of Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine as the committee’s fifth elected member.

Looking forward, Victoria Tourism Week kicks-off next week and I‘m sure there will be plenty of inspiration to come as we unite to celebrate the value of our industry.

VTIC

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VTIC

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

Events

august

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

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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