The Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy Branch and Visit Victoria work in close partnership with the tourism industry including individual operators, local government, the federal government, airlines, major accommodation chains and the travel trade in general.
Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA)
AFTA is the official national body through which the business interests of travel are represented. It represents the majority of travel agents in Australia, including retail outlets, industry organisations, hotels, wholesalers and tour operators.
Australian Hotels & Hospitality Association (AHHA)
The AHHA's Accommodation division plays an influential role in the development of tourism strategy by having direct involvement and representation on Victoria's major tourism development organisations, including Tourism Victoria and the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau.
Australian Tourism Data Warehouse
The Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) is a data storage facility that can be used by all levels of industry. It is not a web site or booking agency. It can be used by inbound tourism operators, retail travel agents and wholesalers as an invaluable tool for sourcing product, as well as an information source for globally recognised web sites such as australia.com To be listed on the ATDW, Victorian tourism product must have and maintain a current listing with visitvictoria.com
Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC)
ATEC is the peak industry organisation representing inbound tourism operators and suppliers. ATEC represents and provides a range of membership services to all sectors of the inbound tourism industry, including: inbound tour operators, accommodation providers, attractions, airlines, cruise lines, transport and entertainment.
Bus Association Victoria Incorporated
Bus Association Victoria Incorporated's core activities are industry representation and industry development on behalf of the bus and coach operators of Victoria.
Business Events Victoria (BEV)
Business Events Victoria (founded by the Regional Victoria Conference Group) is a growing, membership-based group that has been operating since 1996. It operates as a collective group of conference venues, accommodation providers, tour operators, local councils, regional tourism organisations and service providers who have identified the need for a coordinated and cooperative industry approach to the marketing and promotion of business events for regional Victoria.
Business Events Victoria's (BEV) aim is to grow regional Victoria’s share of the meetings, conference and events market by working collaboratively to demonstrate the quality and diversity of conference venues, services and settings in regional Victoria.
Caravan Industry Association Victoria (CIA VIC)
The Caravan Industries Association of Victoria (CIA VIC) was formed in 1952 to foster the growth of caravanning holidays, the Association quickly became an integral body for like minded entrepreneurs who were manufacturing caravans. Today, 90 per cent of all caravan manufacturing in Australia takes place in Victoria. Major component suppliers use Victoria as their base including chassis manufacturers, timber, aluminium and fibreglass suppliers. There are also a growing number of electronics and alternative power manufacturers.
City of Melbourne
The City of Melbourne is a sponsor of the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. Tourism is a significant contributor to Melbourne's economy, and these awards play an important role in recognising industry excellence. The City of Melbourne provides award-winning services and information that help both our tourists and locals get the most from their visit to the city. As a capital city council, they also represent and promote Melbourne nationally and internationally. The City of Melbourne works in close partnership with the tourism industry to develop and promote a welcoming and vibrant destination.
Clubs Victoria Inc
ClubsVIC is the voice of Victoria's network of not-for-profit licensed clubs which provide the community with its social, sporting and cultural infrastructure. ClubsVIC is also a not-for-profit organisation and is governed by a council of 16 elected members from throughout the state.
Crown Entertainment Complex
Crown Entertainment Complex is Australia's leading premium integrated resort, and Crown Melbourne is a key driver of tourism within Victoria, attracting approximately 17 million visitors each year. Covering more than 510,000 square metres (the equivalent of two city blocks), Crown Melbourne is recognised as one of the largest and most diverse entertainment complexes in the southern hemisphere. Crown Melbourne's integrated facilities feature Crown Casino; the Crown Towers, Crown Promenade and Crown Metropol hotels; the Palladium, Australia's largest ballroom; over 50 restaurants and bars; international and Australian designer boutiques, 14 cinemas, two nightclubs and a live entertainment theatre.
Cultural Tourism Victoria (CTV)
Cultural Tourism Victoria (CTV) is the peak membership & advocacy body for organisations and tourism operators providing cultural tourism services in Victoria. CTV conduct professional development and networking events, produce quarterly newsletters keeping their members informed and produce the annual Cultural Guide in partnership with Visit Victoria. CTV members reflect the wealth of Victoria's cultural diversity.
Destination Melbourne is an independent, not-for-profit tourism organisation empowering Melbourne’s visitor industry to continually enhance the visitor experience and inspiring visitors to explore and enjoy greater Melbourne. Their focus is on visitors, encouraging them to explore greater Melbourne and helping them to have a positive experience. They achieve this through the production of Melbourne’s Official Visitor Guide (in English and simplified Mandarin) and Maps, other publications and campaigns as well as the delivery of industry development programs.
Hosted Accommodation Victoria Ltd (HAA)
HAA is the national peak industry organisation representing bed and breakfasts, farmstays, guest houses, and owner operated, self-contained accommodation. It provides a consumer website to promote its member properties as well as advocacy and member services including professional development, networking, mentoring, member and discounts.
Founded by the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and United Voice in 1988 the fund has grown to be one of the largest in Australia, with close to 1 million members, more than 95,000 employers and over $17.5 billion in funds under management. HOSTPLUS is immensely proud of its partnership with the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. As one of the leading industry superannuation funds for the tourism and hospitality industries here in Australia, HOSTPLUS feel it is important to recognise quality and success in the wonderful industries in which we all operate.
Melbourne Airport celebrated its 50th year as a sponsor of the Victorian Tourism Awards a few years ago. Melbourne Airport recognises the critical importance of rewarding innovation and excellence in the tourism businesses that are so intrinsically linked to the Airport – the state's tourism gateway.
Melbourne Convention Bureau
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) is a not-for-profit organisation with over 40 years' experience in securing international and national conferences, incentive travel reward programs and other business events for the state of Victoria by working with associations, corporate organisations and event planners from around the world. MCB's vision is to make Victoria one of the world's most successful conference destinations, resulting in a significant contribution to the state economy and community. MCB is a full service bureau with staff and representation in five countries - Australia (Melbourne and New South Wales), China, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
In managing over four million hectares of Victoria's natural wonders, including many memorable tourist destinations, Parks Victoria is proud to support the tourism industry with inspirational visitor experiences in our parklands. Parks Victoria celebrates its role in tourism, as Healthy Parks are Healthy People. Parks Victoria has been a sponsor of the Victorian Tourism Awards for more than 15 years.
Peter Jones Special Events
From grand parties for 30 to intimate affairs for 65,000. Whether it's an opening or closing ceremony, a parade, corporate presentation, cocktail party, product launch, gala dinner or awards night, Peter Jones Special Events (PJSE) is never far from the action! The team at PJSE will look after all aspects of your event, including the development of the creative concept and theme, venue, invitations, entertainment, menus and decorations. Most importantly, they will be there on the night to ensure everything comes together and your event is a success. With a reputation for planning ‘the big ones' and the very special ‘little ones', if you're looking for someone to mastermind your next special event or party with a difference, then PJSE is your team.
Professional Tour Guides Association of Australia (PTGAA)
The PTGAA has the responsibility of representing tour guides in Victoria, focusing on professional development and business networking for its members. Visit Victoria supports the work of the PTGAA, including the development of a national accreditation program for the industry.
Since RACV was formed as an automobile club more than a century ago it has been closely aligned with Victoria's tourism industry. Today RACV makes a direct contribution to the state's tourism industry as a progressive and proud industry member, dedicated to providing its two million plus members with quality products and services. RACV's developing network of Victorian holiday resorts – Inverloch, Cobram, Cape Schanck and Torquay – is, along with the RACV City Club andCountry Club at Healesville, and other tourism initiatives, making a significant contribution to the state's economy and regional development. RACV is proud of its ongoing commitment to Victoria's Tourism Industry and the Victorian Tourism Awards. RACV has been a partner of the Victorian Tourism Awards for over 15 years.
Restaurant & Catering Victoria
Restaurant & Catering Victoria is the peak industry body representing restaurants, caterers, cafes, reception centres and other food service related businesses in Victoria. With an emphasis on promoting excellence within the tourism and hospitality industry, it provides business support and a range of benefits to members throughout both metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Star Ratings Australia
Star Ratings are an internationally recognised symbol for quality accommodation standards. They are used in more than 70 countries worldwide and reflect the cleanliness, quality and condition of guest facilities. A Star Rating is determined by more than 200 criteria that have been ranked by Australian travellers according to what's important to them. Star Ratings are awarded to six distinct accommodation categories: Hotels, Motels, Serviced Apartments, Hosted Accommodation, Caravan-Holiday Parks and Self Catering properties.
Tourism Accreditation Board of Victoria (TABV)
The TABV oversees the implementation of industry quality assurance and accreditation programs.
Tourism Australia is a statutory authority of the Australian Government, which promotes Australia as a tourism destination internationally and domestically and delivers research and forecasts for the sector. Tourism Australia has been a sponsor of the Victorian Tourism Awards for the past four years.
TTF is a national, apolitical lobby group representing the chief executives of the major corporations and institutions in Australia's tourism and transport industries. Tourism Victoria works with TTF across a range of industry issues.
Victorian Caravan Parks Association (VCPA)
Formed in 1965, the VCPA is the industry association representing the caravan parks in Victoria. The VCPA aims to provide a range of services to its members, whilst aiding in the development and promotion of the caravan park industry in Victoria.
Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (VCCI)
VCCI's core activities are lobbying, commercial activities and the promotion of membership services. VCCI works effectively at a federal level to improve the environment for Australian businesses, achieving broad success in taxation and regulation reform.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC)
The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is a membership-based organisation and the peak leadership and representative organisation for the tourism and events industry in Victoria. As the united voice of the industry, VTIC actively lobbies government at all levels to ensure tourism in Victoria receives the attention and support it deserves. In addition to providing strong advocacy for the industry, VTIC also offers a range of industry and professional development opportunities and encourages, supports and advocates for a profitable and sustainable tourism industry in Victoria.
VTIC has been a long-standing and active supporter of the Victorian Tourism Awards, delivering preparatory workshops for Awards entrants over the past three years and, more recently, managing the Mentoring Program. VTIC is proud to support the VTA Program with its aim of achieving and maintaining excellence in the Victorian tourism industry.
Victoria University (VU) is the pacesetter when it comes to delivering all levels of courses in hospitality, tourism and events. Working with the industry, VU provides a truly international educational experience for students, with many graduates going on to become key players in the local and international scenes. VU has been a sponsor of the Victorian Tourism Awards for over 15 years.
William Angliss Institute
William Angliss Institute is a proud sponsor the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards as the specialist centre for foods, tourism and hospitality. Combining extensive industry collaboration with industry-skilled trainers and over 70 years experience in delivering dynamic training, the institute is uniquely positioned to provide relevant training to individual learners and employees. William Angliss delivers customised, innovative training solutions within the workplace that are flexible and tailored to meet specific requirements.
Young Tourism Network (YTN)
The Young Tourism Network was established in October 2005 as a Victorian based social networking group and was formally launched to the industry in May 2006. The network, through both social and professional development events and industry alliances, aims to enhance and foster the career development and professional excellence of the people within the Victorian tourism industry. The Young Tourism Network is run by a committee of members who work and study within tourism industry related fields.
The following are contact details of Victoria's Regional Tourism Boards and Regional Campaign Committees. Victoria also has several touring routes that are represented by a dedicated committee.
Regional tourism organisations and representatives
Daylesford and The Macedon Ranges
Contact: Chris Meddows-Taylor, Chair
Phone: 0417 558 120
Great Ocean Road
Contact: Liz Price, CEO
Phone: 0448 385 176
Contact: Mark Francis, CEO
Phone: 0429 509 455
Yarra Valley and The Dandenong Ranges
Victoria’s High Country
Geelong and the Bellarine
Major Tourism Routes and Alliances
Great Southern Touring Route
Sydney-Melbourne Touring / Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive / Sydney Melbourne Heritage Drive
South East Touring Triangle - Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island
Last Updated 24th January 2017