Name: George Josevski

Role: Judge

George has been involved in the Victorian tourism industry for over 33 years in a range of capacities, initially in a senior position at WhightsTourist Bureau, working alongside coach operators Dysons, McKenzie’s Bus Lines, Mees Buses, McCaffertys Australia and Across Australia.

In 1991, he became the first manager of Southern Sights (now known as Great Sights Tours) owned by Driver Bus Lines and Grayline Tours working alongside Lynette Bergin and developing a passion in showcasing Victoria to International Tourists.

In 1996, he was appointed Operations & Marketing Manager of the Australian Budget Accommodation Group, operator of the backpacker hostels Coffee Palace, Hotel Spencer & The Ritz for Backpackers.

George is most known in the tourism industry as the founder of the incredibly popular and successful Official Neighbours Tours and Neighbours Nights, a completely new concept in tourism in its time, combining the entertainment/TV and tourism industry.

From 1998 to 2018, George built his small group tour company providing day tours and high yield (international) visitation to 47 partner attractions in eight regions across Australia. During that time, the tour business provided uniquely Australian visitor experiences to 150,000 happy customers (30% as regional day trips and 94% from international origins) annually.

His tour company ‘Bunyip Tours’ was awarded Hall of Fame status at the 2010 Victorian Tourism Awards, with its third consecutive award win as Victoria’s best Tour/Transport Operator. As well as awarded Gold in 2016 as Major Tour & Transport Winner with a Silver in 2017 in the same category.

George established a Tourism consulting business ‘Leisure & Tourism Solutions’ which he spearheads as the Director of ‘Eastern Market’ for Sovereign Hill Museum.  He has since joined the team at Searoad Ferries as Product Development for its numerous maritime projects.

George has been both a mentor and a judge at the Victorian Tourism Awards & Nationals for more than six  years and works closely with Parks Victoria, Visit Victoria, VTIC, the Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program (MTLP) and is a member of the Lynette Bergin Selection Panel. George was also the co-founder and vice president of the Backpackers Operators Association of Victoria.

He is credited in the Victorian tourism industry for his passion, innovation and resilience in all sectors of the market. His fresh approach to explore and successfully open regions to the international markets has been recognised throughout the industry. His substantial experience makes him a valued member of the judging panel.  This is his sixth year of Judging as well a one year as a National Judge.