Tourism Excellence - Tourism Awards video tutorials
Content from a Tourism Awards workshop has been uploaded to Tourism Victoria's corporate YouTube channel. The content includes key benefits of entering along with judges, mentors and winners tips across the five sections required to be completed by businesses entering categories in the Tourism Awards. Judges and Mentors encourage all entrants to view the tutorials prior to submitting a submission.
View the Tourism Awards video tutorials
Mentor Program - this is now closed for 2013
Recognising that Victoria has a number of industry leaders, the Victorian Tourism Awards Unit has enlisted the support of former Judges and Hall of Fame winners to continue the successful Mentor Program. This group of experienced people is willing to volunteer their time and expertise to assist operators with advice and guidance about preparing a quality Tourism Awards online submission.
The Mentor Program is available to all businesses (first time and experienced businesses) who are entering the business categories.
Process for businesses registered in the Mentor Program
- The Mentor will contact you directly to arrange a suitable meeting date and time.
- 24 hours prior, each meeting will be reconfirmed by the Mentor.
- Online Business submissions are due by Tuesday 13 August 2013 at 4.00pm.
- The Mentor Program is coordinated by Chris Porter and Monica Lougoon at Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC). If you have any queries, please email Chris or Monica at VTIC -
- You MUST nominate before you complete the Mentor Program Application Form (first time and experienced entrants)
To apply for the Mentor Program, please use the application form
You will need to complete/download the Mentor Program Application Form and email to
Read the biographies of this years Mentors.
Learn about the Tourism Excellence Program.
Find out about the benefits of accreditation.
2012 VTA workshop webinar
In a first for the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards (VTA), a recent awards preparation workshop was recorded and is now available to view online. This workshop was held and recorded at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) using recently introduced audio-visual technology called M-Channel. MCEC clients can record their conference, seminar or workshop; the live recording is then combined with the relevant PowerPoint presentation used to create an easy-to-follow video package of the event.
MCEC kindly offered to pilot this service for VTIC and Tourism Victoria for a 2012 VTA Workshop and the end product is now available via the following link:
VTA nominees who were unable to attend a workshop, and experienced entrants who need a refresher, are encouraged to view the workshop video, which provides a step by step guide to answering the submission questions, as well as tips and advice from a panel of VTA judges and mentors.
Note: This is not a downloadable file. This is a live link to a full length recording of an actual VTA Workshop, duration approx. 2 hours. The video can be viewed and paused on-demand. You can also skip forwards and backwards through the presentation as desired.
Writing and Editing Services Available
Tourism Victoria and Awards stakeholders have compiled a list of businesses throughout Victoria who offer a submission writing and editing service for those Tourism Awards entrants that may require assistance with their award submission. It is up to each individual entrant to make contact with the businesses and obtain their own quotes.
These businesses trade as a fee for service - they are not free.
Mobile: 0419 101 579
A second time Judge for the Victorian Tourism Awards (2010 & 2013) and former mentor, Meg Law from Chatterbox Marketing is an avid supporter of the Victorian Tourism Awards. Meg has written 5 x winning awards as well as 1 x National winning award. Being a Judge, she is familiar with the judging criteria and standards required to achieve maximum success for your company.
Writing an award submission can be a daunting task. At Chatterbox Marketing, we offer our writing and editing expertise to all businesses who still want to participate but who may not have the time or the staff resources to commit to such a large undertaking.
As Company Director of Chatterbox Marketing, Meg is a qualified journalist and Marketing/PR consultant and a State Finalist in the 2011 Australian Marketing Institute Awards, winner of the O'Keefe Scholarship and an active member and Associate of the AMI. She is also a former radio news broadcaster with over 14 years’ experience in marketing, media and communications for the Tourism, Lifestyle and Entertainment industries.
Call Chatterbox Marketing today for a quote on 0419 101 579 or email us at
and let us help your business go for gold!
Consultant, Speaker, Mentor
Mobile: 0412 568 215
Exciting News! Natalie Pickett - Tourism Awards Mentor and former Tourism Awards Judge has released an easy to use Online Tourism Awards Mentoring Program.
Through her experience as a Judge and Mentor Natalie has reviewed more than 100 submissions and in this course she shares her expert tips and knowledge.
Natalie’s experience with the Tourism Awards includes Mentor and Project Manager for Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula for the past three years during which time she assisted many new entrants to create their first submission.
Natalie has over a 90% success rate – with most of the participants in her mentoring programs receiving either a Finalist or a Major Award in their category.
For more information about the online program visit www.tourismawardsmentorprogram.com.au.
The above website link is not the VTA Mentor Program coordinated by VTIC, which is free.
Consultant & Professional Writer
Mobile: 0417 352 117
Michael is a consultant, specialising in professional writing and editing. His main focus is on grant writing, awards submissions and strategic planning, policy and advocacy. Michael has over 20 years’ experience in tourism and higher education through his roles at Victoria University and the University of Ballarat, and is actively involved in industry engagement and research. He developed educational travel programs with Odyssey Travel and has undertaken numerous research and consultancy projects throughout his career. He was on the project team that completed a study in 2010 of best practice in regional tourism across 23 regional destinations in Australia. Michael is currently a member of the Western Melbourne Tourism Board and has previously served on the Goldfields Region Campaign Committee and the Ballarat Tourism Board.
Michael was a previous judge for the Goldfields Tourism Awards for five years, including Chair of Judges for two years, and has written winning and finalist submissions for the Goldfields and Victorian Tourism Awards and for the Melbourne Awards.
Michael is able to assist entrants in either writing or editing their award submissions.
Director of Tilma Management
We write award-winning submissions.
Receiving awards is a great way to add credibility to your business and evoke pride amongst your team. It acknowledges your business as one of the best and the recognition that comes with winning an award, or even being named as a finalist, often brings many benefits.
Tilma Management has helped many tourism businesses with their applications for a range of awards. Our award submission writing and mentoring services incorporate, identifying potential awards for your business to nominate for, researching information for your submission, writing award submissions, critiquing submissions
Linda Tillman, Director of Tilma Management, has been a judge and business mentor for the Inland Tourism Awards and NSW Tourism Awards since 2008. The award submission writing and mentoring services offered by Tilma Management are based on her in-depth and personal knowledge of what it takes to impress the judges and ensuring that all the criteria is understood and met.