Words from a Hall of Fame winner:
“Take your time. Don’t do it in the last minute. It’s an enormous process. We were methodical in approaching every section individually and giving ourselves couple of weeks in each section to get it right. Ask lots of questions – local tourism reps are very helpful. It’s a long journey, but it’s a great one.”
David Frazer, Festival Director – Riverboats Music Festival (Winner of Festivals & Events 2017-2018-2019)
Please check our resources page for guides and templates to help you start preparing your submission.
There are some great consultants who have a vast experience in the tourism industry and have been involved in supporting businesses with their submissions for the Victorian Tourism Awards for a number of years. These consultants can assist you from concept stage through to the delivery of your final submission, or simply provide a writing and/or editing service. Please see below:
Meet Anna Heaton
Anna is a tourism industry professional with a career spanning 24 years. In 2016, she founded Anna Heaton Tourism Consulting and has since worked with many small tourism businesses across Australia in the key areas of Business Development, Marketing, Brand Development, Communications, Tourism Awards, Grant Applications, and Recovery Planning.
Anna has been involved in the Tourism Awards since 2008 in the capacity of a Business Manager, Writer and Mentor. In 2019, she was a Project Officer for Tourism Geelong & The Bellarine and maintains a 100% gold success rate with the business she has worked with over the years.
For the 2021 Tourism Awards, Anna has created a program offering three support levels. Suitable for first-time entrants to experienced entrants, packages include onsite workshops, feedback throughout, and editing. Places are limited, so for more information, contact Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also check with your Regional Tourism Board, as they may be able to advise you of consultants they work with.
Feedback from Judges
Past entrants can access feedback from the judges that assessed their previous submission by logging back into their nomination.
Once logged in, use the drop-down menu adjacent to the printer icon to download your feedback.
Feedback is comprised of comments from the three judges that reviewed your entry. Comments are aimed to either confirm a positive response or guide the entrant with ways to improve their score for future entries.
Feedback of the site visit assessment is not provided due to the relationship established between the entrant and the judge at the time of verification. Entrants are encouraged to use the site visit to probe a judge for advice, recommendations or for information that will help the business going forwards.