Victoria’s icons and events win big
Some of Victoria’s most iconic tourist attractions and events were celebrated at last night’s RACV Victorian Tourism Awards, cementing the State’s reputation as a leading tourism destination.
Metropolitan Gold winners included 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix for the Major Festivals and Events category, State Library Victoria for Cultural Tourism and SkyBus for Major Tour and Transport Operators.
Presented by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) for the third year, the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Gala Ceremony is the tourism, events and hospitality industry’s night of nights, celebrating winners across 30 categories for their outstanding contributions to the industry.
In its 33rd year, there were 126 entries in 2017, with 73 business entries achieving a score of 75 per cent or above determining them as winners. Three categories recognising individuals for their contribution to the industry were also awarded.
Regional Victoria was in fine form, with three tourism operators claiming Hall Of Fame status for winning Gold in the same category for three consecutive years. These included the Murray’s All Seasons Houseboats for the Unique Accommodation category, the Mornington Peninsula’s Harmony Bed and Breakfast for Hosted Accommodation and Peninsula Hot Springs for Ecotourism.
Sovereign Hill also struck Gold for Major Tourist Attraction for a fourth year, putting the Ballarat-based attraction into the running to enter the national Hall Of Fame at the QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards in Perth in 2018.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer congratulated the winners, bronze, silver and gold, and the finalists in all categories. “Once again, the calibre of entrants to the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards has been outstanding and proves the attractions and experiences Victoria has to offer just keep getting better,” he said. “These awards promote excellence from the whole sector and first-time entrants, for example the Melbourne Cricket Ground were named as a finalist in the Major Tourism Attractions category, and can use feedback from awards judges for business planning and enhancements in the forthcoming year.”
Mr Ostermeyer said he was delighted to see the Young Tourism Network (YTN) take home Gold in this year’s Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers category.
“It’s encouraging to see the passion and enthusiasm from the industry’s emerging leaders. Awards such as these provide a great platform to highlight the important work carried out by individuals at all stages of their careers within the tourism and events sector,” he said.