• Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC)
  • fb_icon
  • li_icon
  • tw_icon
  • yt_icon

Victorian tourism stars shine at peak industry awards

12 /11/ 2013 Comments are Closed

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) congratulates all winners of the 2013 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, announced at a gala ceremony at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) last night.

“These awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in the Victorian tourism and events industry and they highlight the outstanding visitor experiences our state has to offer,” says VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith.

“We are proud of all winners and nominees and the valuable contribution they make to our important sector. As well as attracting strategic investment and enhancing social wellbeing, the Victorian tourism industry contributes $19.1 billion to our state’s economy each year and generates employment for more than 200,000 Victorians.”

VTIC was pleased to play a key role in this year’s awards by working with Tourism Victoria to deliver preparatory workshops throughout the state, equipping tourism operators with the knowledge of how best to prepare a nomination.

“Pleasingly, 150 industry members attended this year’s workshops, demonstrating the prestige of the Victorian Tourism Awards,” Ms Smith says.

“VTIC also provided a Victorian Tourism Awards Mentor Program and acted as a judge in some of the 32 categories.”

A special congratulations to the VTIC and VECCI members who were honoured at the 2013 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, including:

  • Blue Moon Cottages – Standard Accommodation and inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for winning its category for three consecutive years.
  • Melbourne Zoo – Major Tourist Attraction
  • Peninsula Hot Springs – Tourist Attraction
  • Victoria Racing Club – Major Festivals and Events
  • Central Deborah Goldmine – Heritage and Cultural Tourism
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – Business Tourism
  • Leisure Options – Specialised Tourism Services
  • Frankston Visitor Information Centre – Visitor Information and Services
  • Grampians Tourism – Destination Marketing
  • Searoad Ferries – Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
  • Hilton Melbourne South Wharf – Luxury Accommodation
  • The Enchanted Maze Garden – Adventure Tourism
  • Kryal Castle Adventure Park and Resort – New Tourism Development
  • Crown Melbourne – Tourism Education and Training
  • Fowles Wine – Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
  • Space Hotel – Backpacker Accommodation
  • Friends of Flagstaff Hill – Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers
  • Brett Ince from Geelong Otway Tourism – Young Achiever Award
  • RACV Cobram Resort – Tourist and Caravan Parks
  • RACV Inverloch Resort – Deluxe Accommodation and inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for winning its category for three consecutive years.

VTIC particularly recognises industry stalwart Craig Opie, winner of the Qantas Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual. Craig is a long-standing supporter and driver of tourism in Victoria, particularly through his work with a predecessor to VTIC, the Victorian Tourism Operators Association (VTOA).


About the Author


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



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


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


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


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