Victorians working hard to grow the state’s tourism and provide memorable experiences to visitors have been recognised at the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.
Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, paid tribute on Monday night to the 80 Victorian businesses recognised for their contribution to making Victoria’s tourism excel.
Tourism contributes AUD 21 billion to the state’s economy and generates jobs for 206,000 Victorians.
Additionally, seven businesses were inducted into the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for winning an award for a third consecutive year.
Victoria’s Labor Government recently unveiled Visit Victoria, the state’s new entity charged with growing the important industry, and has committed an additional AUD 80 million towards Victoria’s events war chest.
“Victoria is an incredible tourism destination, but it’s our hard-working tourism operators who ensure visitors from interstate and abroad leave with great memories and smiles on their faces,” Eren said.
“Tourism contributes AUD 21 billion to Victoria’s economy and that in large part, is driven by the dedicated and hardworking people in the industry.”
Highlights of the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards included:
- Sovereign Hill – Major Tourist Attractions award
- 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival – Major Festivals and Events award
- Bendigo Tramways – Cultural Tourism award
- Wine Food Farmgate – Destination Marketing award
- BIG4 Beacon Resort – Caravan and Holiday Parks award
- Drift House – Luxury Accommodation award
- Y Water Discovery Centre – New Tourism Business award
- Green Olive at Red Hill – Excellence in Food Tourism award
- Kathryn MacKenzie – Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
- Matthew McDonald – Young Achievers award
RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame inductees:
- Space Hotel
- Crown College
- Stillwater at Crittenden
- Enchanted Adventure Garden and Tree Surfing
- Searoad Ferries
- Leisure Options
- The Melbourne Cup Carnival
Edited by William Sykes