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‘Team Victoria’ – helping all to prosper

30 /07/ 2014 Comments are Closed

By VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith

VTIC was thrilled when we exceeded expectations by attracting 350 registrations for the Victorian Tourism Conference in Geelong on 14 and 15 July. Thanks to all delegates, who represented every region and sector of our industry, rekindled and created contacts and were inspired to improve their business.

All our speakers struck a chord. Keynote Anna Pollock from the UK challenged the audience to re-think the game of tourism, our purpose and how we motivate staff to deliver transformative experiences from host destinations that are engaged with the local community. It was an inspiring start to a conference themed ‘be a game changer’. Subsequent speakers included Jason Fox, who spoke about motivation theory, Trevor Young, who explored social media, and Michael Gudinski, who covered the pain and joy of running events. Insightful breakout sessions completed the theme.

VTIC’s Deputy Chair Wayne Kayler-Thomson delivered a rousing wrap on the state of our industry, including a reality check and a call to arms. He reminded delegates that Victorian tourism has not performed to its full capacity in the past decade and in some areas there has been a decline in competiveness. Other states envy the way Victoria collaborates through trade missions and partnerships and I echo Wayne’s sentiment that Victoria can be a major tourism success if industry harnesses its ability to advocate. Of course VTIC can help with this, but we need more troops on board.

We now have an ideal opportunity to fulfil the unrealised potential of our industry. Our first step is to speak strongly, with one voice. In the lead-up to the state election on 29 November, we must stress that tourism equals jobs so that whichever side is successful on polling day commits to greater funding support. At the conference, with the ear of Minister Asher, we were able to emphasise that government spending on tourism, at all levels, is an investment, not a subsidy.

A key element of VTIC’s Policy Agenda is a commitment to advancing all strategic projects in all corners of Victoria. One of major state significance is Point Nepean and VTIC welcomes the announcement that Point Leisure Group is the successful tenderer for this wonderful experience. With Victoria playing its role as a welcoming host destination, we must all get behind these game-changing projects. Industry is the innovator and we must support these efforts.

Wayne’s final call to arms was to urge delegates to speak with local members and councillors about their own community’s aspirations; ask what they are doing to support tourism in their areas and identify the strategic ideas which could become reality.

When we work as ‘Team Victoria’, we can achieve great things, allowing all to prosper.

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

march

20mar5:30 pm8:00 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: Fast Forward - Speed Networking5:30 pm - 8:00 pm RACV City Club, Bayside Room 4, Level 2

26mar9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Aboriginal Tourism Workshop9:00 am - 5:00 pm Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

28mar12:00 pm4:00 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: AFLW Grand Final Lunch12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Marvel Stadium

april

03apr6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC Spotlight on a Member at Melbourne Sealife Aquarium with Party Higher6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

17apr10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Skills of the Visitor Economy10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

may

01may12:00 pm2:30 pmVictorian Chamber and Melbourne Press Club present: Post-budget lunch with Tim Pallas MP12:00 pm - 2:30 pm The Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

08may6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member- Save the Date - Melbourne Cricket Ground6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

22may10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

30may9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Destination Melbourne LIVE9:00 am - 5:00 pm Arts Centre Melbourne - The Pavilion

june

05jun5:30 pm7:30 pmSpotlight on a Member- Floyd’s Aperitivo Bar5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

19jun10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

july

17julallday18allday2019 Vic Tourism Conference(All Day) GMHBA Stadium

august

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

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