“Winning gold for our world-class restaurant in the Southern Grampians was for the entire region. Entering this category for the first time came at a time of tremendous change, including a rebrand, planning and the set-up of our newly opened fine dining restaurant The Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel and the repositioning of our casual offering – Parker Street Project.

“Whilst the process to enter was tough, the effort has paid off and celebrated the work of the entire team. We are always striving to demonstrate our commitment to the industry in one of the state’s most remote but most beautiful locations.”

Kylie Schurmann, Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld
2017 Gold Winner (State and National) – Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

“We entered the Victorian Tourism Awards for the first time in 2017, and were thrilled to win Gold in our nominated category of Festivals and Events before going out to take out Gold at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in February.

“The response to winning these awards was quite overwhelming, but prior to this we found the process of writing our submission enormously beneficial. All too often businesses such as ours are completely focussed on the task at hand, and the award submission process allowed us to pause, take stock and assess our festival from the ground up.”

David Frazer, Riverboats Festival
2017 Gold Winner (State and National) – Festivals and Events

“The Tourism Awards have been a fabulous opportunity to showcase our business on a national level and to appreciate that our tourism offerings are of a gold standard. I would defiantly recommend investing the time to enter these awards; our business and region have been showcased on platforms that would not be possible otherwise.”

Sonia Anthony, Masons of Bendigo
2016 Gold Winner (State and National) – Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

“I would like to just say how impressed I am with the whole process that the VTIC have established with the Tourism Awards for Victoria. As a new entrant and only 12 months in business, I would have to state how rewarding and instrumental participating in the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards has been for Grampians Helicopters. Not only did it force me, as a business owner to apply lateral and critical thinking to my business processes and dealings but it allowed for the opportunity to have great mentoring from people who are not emotionally attached to the business. Additionally, the effort from the judges who visit/read the application and provide feedback is also very valuable and I know I have already been able to make improvements to our business that has led to further success based on these comments.

I can highly recommend that any business consider entering in 2017 to do so, as it is so much more than just an award.”

Justine & Justin, Grampians Helicopters/Grampians Wine Tours
2016 Silver Winner – New Tourism Business

“Congratulations to you and your team for organising one of the best award nights I’ve attended.  Tommy Little was great, as was the timing of the awards. Crown is a great venue and I hope the awards are there to stay! Well done! “

Elizabeth Curtain, Visitor Information Centres Coordinator, Tourism Geelong & the Bellarine
2016 Silver Winner – Visitor Information Services

“Thanks Michael, Great night last Thursday. Actually, the whole experience was enlightening. Totally chuffed that we scored a Guernsey.”

Sandra, Bay Fish N Trips
2016 Finalist – Tour & Transport Operators

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