Yesterday the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) honoured the long service and job well done by Jeremy Johnson, who after fulfilling the role as Chair of VTIC for the past decade announced his retirement at a meeting of the VTIC Board. Mr Johnson has been involved with VTIC since its inception, and has worked tirelessly to improve and create opportunities for the Victorian tourism industry in this time.
Mr Johnson has been a solid supporter of the developing role of VTIC and has steered the organisation through several changes of government and through structural change, which has seen the organisation evolve to cement its position as the peak advocacy and policy body for Victorian tourism. He has been instrumental in elevating the status of the tourism and events industry, which is now recognised as one of the pillars of the Victorian economy.
“It has been an honour to serve as Chair of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council for the past decade, and has been a privilege to contribute to its growth and development into the peak advocacy body for the tourism and events industry,” said Mr Johnson.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed this time as Chair and am grateful for the opportunity to assist in shaping and contributing to the strategic direction of our industry. It has been a pleasure to work alongside Dianne Smith and the VTIC team.”
Mr Johnson will continue on in his position as Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Hill, and remains on the Executive Council of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also the Vice President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“VTIC has had a most positive and productive working relationship with Mr Johnson and admires his firm approach when dealing with complex matters, his strategic advice and his commitment and passion for the industry,” said VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith.
Ms Smith continued, “We are delighted to announce that current Board Director and Founder and Director of Peninsula Hot Springs, Charles Davidson, will succeed Mr Johnson as Chair of the VTIC Board, effective 1 July, 2016.”
“I am honoured to take on the role as Chair and I look forward to carrying on the great work Jeremy has done with VTIC,” said Mr Davidson.
As we farewell Jeremy Johnson and honour the outstanding contribution he has made to tourism in this state, we warmly welcome Mr Davidson as Chair of the VTIC Board, and look forward to the new exciting chapter ahead for VTIC.
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Driving the Visitor Experience The Victorian Visitor Information Services (VIS) Summit is the yearly meeting
The Victorian Visitor Information Services (VIS) Summit is the yearly meeting place for all VIS personnel, economic development staff and regional tourism bodies. Delving deep into the customer experience, the Summit program features professional development sessions, case study presentations, keynotes and opportunities to learn from others.
Held from Wed 22 to Fri 24 August 2018 in inimitable City of Greater Bendigo, delegates will discover how the region provides an abundance of diverse visitor experiences.
The 2018 Summit program will delve deep into what makes an accredited VIS successful by exploring what future visitor information servicing will look like, how customer connection will remain front and foremost and how you can drive economic growth to your region.
For the complete package, delegates will benefit from the multi-choice workshops along and regional study tours showcasing the host region to gain product knowledge, share ideas, experiences and best practice.
All tours depart from the Capital Theatre, View Street, Bendigo and will come together at the unique Bendigo Art Gallery welcome drinks before an exclusive tour of the gallery spaces. Coaches will return to the three profiled hotels (The Barclay on View, The Quest Bendigo Central and The Quest Schaller Hotel) where delegates can dine at leisure.
Experience Heritage Evolution, delve deep beneath the surface at Central Deborah Gold Mine, sit back and relax on a Bendigo Blues Tram taster, hear from local legends converting a manufacturing business into a tourism mecca at Bendigo Pottery, experience a little piece of China right here in Bendigo at the Golden Dragon Museum, enjoy a sumptuous morning tea and learn how a grocery store became a local café hotspot at Percy & Percy, be swooned at Bendigo’s award winning steak house and redgum char-grill for lunch @ The Woodhouse.
Meet our Local Legends, beginning with the Bendigo Art Gallery discover how they consistently punch above their weight, hear the stories of local makers at fashion, homeware and collectible stores, discover the secrets behind the success of the La Trobe Visual Art Centre, Living Arts Space and Post Office Gallery, take an Artist Walk Tour to unearth street art and eclectic shopping in the heart of the CBD, enjoy a magnificent morning tea at The Gallery Cafe and be warmly welcomed at Rocks on Rosalind to enjoy share platters featuring local produce that will rock your world.
If Grand Architecture and Produce, is your thing, then this is the tour for you. Behind the scenes tours of three Bendigo architectural masterpieces, the Historic Post Office, Town Hall and Ulumbarra Theatre will leave you gasping in wonder and stories to share Meet the makers behind our local food stores, taste their best creations, from fresh cheese and nuts to chocolate to coffee to sourdough and don’t forget lunch at the award winning Mason’s of Bendigo.
9:00 – 9:30 – Welcome to Bendigo
Cr Jennifer Alden – Councillor, City of Greater Bendigo
9:30 – 10:30 – Customer Focus Vs Customer Service
Rum Charles – Human Communications Specialist
10:30 – 11:00 – MORNING TEA
11:00 – 12:00 – PechaKucha Time!
A new concept for the Summit, a PechaKucha gives each region a chance to share what they have been up to – with only 2 minutes and 4 slides each!
12:00 – 12:45 – The Challenges of Volunteer Management
Panel Session featuring Puffing Billy, Volunteering Victoria and more.
12:45 – 13:15 – Visit Victoria Visitor Servicing Review
13:15 – 14:00 – LUNCH
14:00 – 14:45 – Breakouts: Round 1
1. Local Government Health Check (Paul Albone – DEDJTR & Kate Rickwood – VTIC)
2. Rethinking Funding Sources – Traditional, Social, Community and Cuteness (Peter Abbott – Bendigo Heritage Attractions)
3. Visitor Information Servicing Survey Results (Grace Maynard – Australian Tourism Accreditation Program)
14:45 – 15:15 – Parks Victoria
15:15 – 15:45 – AFTERNOON TEA
15:45 – 16:15 – Transforming Visitor Services
Rob Kelly – City of Melbourne
16:15- 18:00 – Return to hotels and prepare for dinner
18:00 – 18:30 – Shuttle bus collects all from designated hotels
18:30 – 23:00 – DINNER
Venue: Villa Fortuna. Theme: Gatsby Style. What lies ahead? A night of fun, laughter and reinforcing your industry relationships.
23:00 – Shuttle bus returns to hotels
9:00 – 9:45 – Onsite Visitor Information Centre Case Study
Live and interactive – Bendigo Visitor’s Centre (Award Winning)
10:00 – 10:45 – Visitor Information Servicing = the match.com of Tourism
Peter Turner – CUSTOMER FRAME
Karen Oliver – Murray Regional Tourism
10:40 – 11:00 – MORNING TEA
11:00 – 11:45 – Breakouts: Round 2
Select your second choice from the three session offering
11:45 – 12:15 – Transport for Victoria Industry Update
12:15 – 13:15 – Reference Group Workshop
Your opportunity to formally join the Reference Group-led workshop to express your ideas, concerns and areas for growth.
13:15 – 13:30 – Closing formalities
We will snap a last minute pic of the group, grab a lunchbox to take away and begin the journey back home.
Registrations are now OPEN – Click HERE to register now.
The Bendigo Visitor Centre team are proudly supporting the VIS Summit and have secured great rates for delegates, all within walking distance of the Summit venue. Choose from three participating hotels – The Barclay on View, The Quest Bendigo Central or The Quest Schaller Hotel. For those that require something a little different or have special needs, call the friendly team to secure something suitable.
Special ‘Summit-Only’ rates are available for 1, 2 or 3 night stays and can be processed online via the link below or call the Bendigo team if you need to process via a purchase order on 1800 813 153.
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22 (Wednesday) 9:00 am - 24 (Friday) 1:30 pm
50 View Street
Would you like to grow your business while having a great time? There’s no better way to meet new leads and make new connections than taking part in our successful Fast
Would you like to grow your business while having a great time?
There’s no better way to meet new leads and make new connections than taking part in our successful Fast Forward Speed Networking event.
Join us on Wednesday 22 August and meet a huge bunch of like-minded individuals over two rounds of speed networking.
You won’t be locked into a long conversation with anyone as you only get two minutes to chat before moving onto the next business contact. So all you need is a brief, punchy narrative about why you are here and what makes your business great, and remember to swap business cards, of course!
After the formal networking rounds, you still have plenty of opportunity to continue the conversation with your new contacts over canapés and drinks.
To ensure we get a great mix of companies, we limit this event to only two people from each business.
So who’s coming from your organisation? Hurry – this event always sells out!
(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Transformative Technology Workshop - A Visitability Forum Finding digital solutions to engage your staff and enhance guest and visitor experiences. Destination Melbourne and Tourism Accommodation Australia (Victoria) bring you, the Transformative Technology
Finding digital solutions to engage your staff and enhance guest and visitor experiences.
Destination Melbourne and Tourism Accommodation Australia (Victoria) bring you, the Transformative Technology Workshop – finding digital solutions to engage your staff and enhance guest and visitor experiences.
Visitors are becoming more and more tech savvy, so it’s important to ensure that your approach to using new technology meets their expectations.
Facilitated by Simon Waller, you will hear from leading experts in this three-hour workshop. We’ll look at how we can approach technology in a way that proactively seeks out opportunities to improve your business processes and the whole customer journey.
What you will learn
1) Introduction by Simon Waller
Overview of macro trends and key transformative technologies
Introduction to ‘digital champions’ as a bottom up approach to driving technology improvements
How technology has evolved but our approach to its adoption hasn’t
How we can simultaneously meet the needs of all people involved in our organisations, both employees and customers.
2) Leveraging these trends to your advantage with Simon
Empowering people to improve internal processes
Creating a point of difference in a competitive market place
Working smarter to enhance the visitor experience.
3) Panel discussion
Experts in their fields will provide further insights into ways that technology is being used to transform our visitor industry
Lindsay Goding GAO Group International – covering WeChat and the newly designed Global Ballooning app
James Bate, Senior Associate (Hospitality) WG Architects – technology future, including energy, recycling, smart systems and the benefits to your business
Tom Amos, CEO and Co-founder Sidekicker – connecting businesses with an on demand workforce of pre-screened skilled staff, all with the click of a button.
(Tuesday) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Citadines on Bourke
131-135 Bourke Street Melbourne
Enjoy a touch of luxury a literal stone's throw from Flinders St Station. Our friend's at DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne are generously opening their
Our friend’s at DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne are generously opening their wonderful informal bar and restaurant area for us to enjoy.
Happening the first Wednesday of every month, the VTIC Mixer Series will run February through to December in 2018. As always, no lengthy power-points, no pitches, just a chance to broaden your network – and have a great time!
(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne
270 Flinders Street
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Over the past 10 years the Melbourne Tourism Industry Exchange (MTIE), has been the centrepiece of Melbourne Tourism Week, and it will continue to be. Now called, The Exchange, the
Over the past 10 years the Melbourne Tourism Industry Exchange (MTIE), has been the centrepiece of Melbourne Tourism Week, and it will continue to be. Now called, The Exchange, the event has been given a new name and visual identity.
In order to move with the changing landscape of travel and tourism, the shorter, sharper name: The Exchange embraces the inclusion of Greater Melbourne and regional destinations and products.
Along with the re-branding, you will see exciting developments designed to further grow awareness and attendance. As a result, The Exchange a premium B2B event, exclusive to tourism industry businesses and professionals. In 2018, The Exchange will not be open to students, and will be promoted more heavily to senior staff and other professionals in sectors of the industry.
At The Exchange you’ll meet some of the city’s most innovative and exciting attractions, destinations and hidden secrets. Get an advantage on your competitors and offer your visitors the latest information on what’s happening around Victoria.
Among the exhibitors for the Exchange 2018, you will find:
If you are looking for the latest news and information about Victoria’s world-class tourism products and experiences, there’s no better event to attend than The Exchange.
Attendance at The Exchange, for non-exhibitors, is free, however registration is required, here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-exchange-registration-46747580271
Businesses seeking to exhibit at The Exchange can find out more here: https://assets.destination.melbourne/resources/The-Exchange-2018-Exhibitor-Partnership-Proposal.pdf?mtime=20180717114826
(Tuesday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Get smart with your emotions In a session not to be missed, Mel Neil (our favourite positive psychology consulant) joins us for the final professional development session of the year. Mel will
In a session not to be missed, Mel Neil (our favourite positive psychology consulant) joins us for the final professional development session of the year.
Mel will help us to understand Emotional Intelligence (EI), and how we can identify and use our own emotions and how they impact on our performance, decisions and behaviour.
Tuesday, 16th October
Victoria University, Flinders St
P.S Join us for some networking after the event. The first drink is on us!
This event will be held at VU City Flinders Campus. The campus is located at 300 Flinders Street, between Elizabeth and Queen Street. Enter the elevator lobby off Flinders St or via the University Arcade. The conference room is on level 9. Click here for a map.
(Tuesday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Unite with your industry friends and colleagues to help celebrate Victoria’s tourism and event leaders at the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony. Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) with RACV
Unite with your industry friends and colleagues to help celebrate Victoria’s tourism and event leaders at the 2018 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) with RACV and the Victorian Government, are pleased to recognise our state winners across 27 business and three individual categories at this prestigious black-tie event.
The Victorian Tourism Awards is now in its 34th year, attracting over 100 entries and around 1000 industry representatives at the Gala Ceremony.
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Palladium at Crown
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006
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