Name: Janelle Kelso

Role: Judge

Janelle is a passionate Melbournian and has a love for good food, experiences and travel. Her enthusiasm for nature-based travel has taken her around the country and the world. A selection of her favourite hikes would be Upper Yosemite Falls hike in Yosemite National Park, Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, the Three Capes Track in Tasmania, and closer to home, exploring the Grampians and Alpine National Park.

With an educational background in professional writing and a post-graduate Masters in Publishing and Communications from the University of Melbourne, Janelle entered the tourism industry five years ago and hasn’t looked back.

Starting her career with Visit Victoria has provided Janelle with excellent grounding and exposure to the tourism and events industry. Building on her role in event acquisition, Janelle currently works in the Major Events division and is responsible for the contract and relationship management of a diverse portfolio of Major Events across sport and creative industries that have been acquired by Visit Victoria.

Janelle is passionate about creating memorable visitor experiences and promoting the opportunities that Melbourne and Victoria has to offer.

Janelle brings a vibrancy and energy to her career and life. After joining the Victorian Tourism Awards Judging Mentorship Program in 2019, this is Janelle’s first year as a judge and she’s honoured to be involved.

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