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United Nations World Tourism Organisation head to front Australian conference in Melbourne

04 /04/ 2012 Comments are Closed

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Secretary General, Mr Taleb Rifai, will impart his extensive and global tourism management knowledge on the more than 400 expected attendees at the National Tourism and Events Excellence (TEE) Conference to be held in Melbourne in July this year.

As the world’s most senior authority on the tourism industry, Mr Rifai will present a unique perspective on global tourism, as well as sharing his wide-ranging experiences with delegates according to the 2012 conference theme, Defining Excellence.

Co-convenor from the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), Chief Executive Dianne Smith, says Mr Rifai’s attendance at the event is an opportunity that Australian tourism providers can use to shape the way forward for domestic tourism.

“We are truly honoured to have Mr Rifai present at this important conference as an authority on global tourism. We are so excited to learn from his international perspective what we may be able to apply in our domestic setting to continue to position Australia as a leading tourist destination,” says Ms Smith.

Australia’s premier national tourism industry annual conference, the TEE Conference will again be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2012 and will provide a critical forum for the tourism and events industry, featuring speakers who discuss overcoming challenges despite tough times.

Ms Smith says the enhanced program for this year’s conference will offer operators, destination managers and policy makers business tools, trends and ideas that will help Australia be more competitive.

“The more the tourism and events industry can enhance leadership and excellence, the better equipped it will be to improve business performance and meet future challenges,” says Ms Smith.

“It is easy to be overwhelmed by the challenges in the current market, but there are also some sectors making good inroads. This year’s event will focus on the outlook for tourism and address issues that will help shape business plans across the country.”

Co-convenor, industry veteran Tony Charters, says the industry continues to confront serious challenges with global economic uncertainty, Australians choosing to holiday overseas and labour shortages.

“The conference last year put the industry’s issues on the political agenda and also generated creative ideas that were very energising for the delegates,” he says.

“Tourism and events will continue to feel the intense pressure they have had to weather in recent years, making this conference a critical focal point for the year.”

The 2012 National TEE Conference will offer in-depth coverage of key topics relevant to the tourism and events industry, from marketing trends and social media, to the tourism impact of major events, emerging markets, and the outlook for the industry nationally and globally.

The conference will also feature a range of fantastic networking opportunities to connect with other key players in the sector. The Excellence Dinner on Monday 16 July is not to be missed, featuring a 40 minute entertainment section from Olympic sporting and industry personalities.

To keep updated on details about the 2012 national Tourism and Events Excellence Conference visit: www.teeconference.com

VTIC

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

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march

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

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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

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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

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august

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