Published: 15 December 2023
Three leading Victorian tourism operators have been inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.
The Geelong Gallery, the Bendigo Visitor Centre, and Searoad Ferries claimed their status by winning gold in the same category for 3 consecutive years.
The Victorian Tourism Awards are hosted annually by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC). The awards celebrate business excellence and performance within the industry.
On November 30, VTIC, along with partners City of Melbourne, Visit Victoria, and Melbourne Airport, recognised the outstanding contributions made by tourism operators across the state.
This year, there were 104 submissions across 29 business categories. One new national category, Excellence in Accessible Tourism, was introduced. Its inaugural winner, Accessible Accommodation, will be the first to compete for this award at the Australian Tourism Awards, in March 2024.
Accessible Accommodation founder Kerry Williams also won an individual honour for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual award for her work on Accessible Accommodation.
Zoos Victoria won 2 awards for Melbourne Zoo - Major Tourist Attractions, and Healesville Sanctuary - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism Experiences.
The City of Melbourne took gold in the Tourism Marketing and Campaigns category for its Only in the City campaign. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre won best Business Event Venues. The Tesselaar KaBloom event won Major Festivals and Events for the second year.
Another highlight of the night saw Madeleine Sawyer from Tourism Midwest Victoria win the Young Achiever’s Award.
To view all winners, visit VTIC winners and finalists 2023.