Six Victorian tourism operators enter RACV Hall of Fame
Riverboats Music Festival 2019, Parks Victoria, SkyBus, Bright Brewery, BIG4 Inverloch Holiday Park and Alkina Lodge all claimed Hall of Fame status after winning gold in the same category at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards for three consecutive years.
VTIC Chief Executive, Felicia Mariani commented “VTIC is proud and honoured to be entrusted to deliver such an important event for our industry that highlights the innovation and passion our operators exhibit every day in creating magical moments for their visitors.”
This category was open to Victorian tourism businesses and attractions that excel in welcoming and servicing people of all abilities. Aquatic fun park and high ropes course operator, Melbourne Cable Park, took out the honour of receiving this prestigious inaugural award.
Mariani noted “it’s great to see accessible tourism taking a prominent place with Victoria’s tourism operators. Businesses like Melbourne Cable Park who has made inclusive tourism part of its day-to-day delivery, ensure that all our visitors have the chance to experience the amazing offerings of our state.”
This year also saw the introduction of two RACV People’s Choice awards. Voted by the public, with more than 11,000 votes cast, the 2019 winners were Beechworth Lake Sambell Caravan Park, for Best Accommodation; and Living Legends – The International Home of Rest for Champion Horses, who took out Best Tourism Experience or Service.
Visit Victoria Chief Executive, Peter Bingeman noted “it’s wonderful to have the public involved this year bringing a consumer perspective to the Awards. I want to thank RACV for supporting the creation of these categories this year and adding a different dimension to the 2019 program.
“Victoria is one of the best places to visit, but it’s our hard-working tourism operators and event owners, who ensure visitors have a memorable experience, that they then with their families and friends, inspiring further travel.
“Visit Victoria has helped to reach $31 billion in visitor expenditure by supporting local tourism operators, strategically marketing Victoria to a range of audiences and attracting events that make Victoria the sporting and cultural capital of the country.”
Three categories recognising individuals for their contributions to the industry were also awarded, including:
• Anne Jamieson, Chief Executive of Saxton Speakers Bureau for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
• State Library Victoria for Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers, also winning bronze in the Cultural Tourism category.
• Izabelle So, Digital Marketing Officer at Bendigo Tourism, who received the Young Achievers Award.
Mariani added “these individual awards provide a remarkable opportunity to profile the important work being carried out by members of the industry at all stages of their careers.
“We congratulate our Gold, Silver, Bronze winners, and all finalists. We wish our Gold winners all the best in representing Victoria at the 2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra early next year.”
4th February 2018 – RACV Resorts recognised among Australia’s best
2nd January 2018 – KristallTurm high ropes course debuts in Australia
7th July 2019 – Visit Victoria celebrates UNESCO recognition of Budj Bim Cultural Landscape
25th November 2019 – Bendigo NEXT tourism conference to return in 2020
5th December 2019 – State Library Victoria reveals $88.1million redevelopment
5th July 2019 – VTIC Conference heads to Geelong to industry disruption and excellence
23rd October 2017 – VTIC welcomes strong events forecast but stresses that attractions must plan for winter visitors
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