In the face of drought, fire and flood 14 Gippsland tourism businesses have found the energy and time to nominate for the Victorian Tourism Awards in November.
And the Gippsland Tourism Sector has been commended by Minister for Tourism and Major Events Tim Holding for participating so strongly in the prestigious Melbourne Airport 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards.
Its a lot of hard work to put an awards submission together. I am delighted that so many tourism businesses across the State have put in the necessary hard work, Mr Holding said.
More than 130 businesses and individuals are vying for top honours in this years awards, a 25.5 per cent increase on last year.
There are entrants in every category and regional Victoria is well represented. Chris Buckingham General Manager Gippsland Tourism said: Congratulations are due to the 14 Gippsland businesses that took the time and effort to put in nominations for the Victorian Tourism Awards.
Family fishing in a quiet arm near Paynesville
Nominations have come from across Gippsland and the field on nominations is stronger than ever before:
Brandy Creek Wines View Caf
East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
Lakes Entrance Waverley House Cottages
Latrobe Visitor Information Centre
Parks Victoria Wilderness Retreats
Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centres
Prom Country Visitor Information Centre
The Grayn Restaurant
The Outpost Retreat
Toora Tourist Park
We all know it has been a challenging time for the industry and it is heartening to see so many Gippsland operators having a go and working on their business. Its a record field from Gippsland - lets hope we have a lot more to celebrate on the night', Chris Buckingham says.
Time out for families courtesy imagesofgippsland
Mr Holding praised the Gippsland Tourism Sector for investing time and energy in aiming to be named among Victorias best tourism operators.
Entering the Awards shows pride and confidence in your business and, importantly, confidence in the future. I applaud the Gippsland sector and all of the other entrants and wish them the very best for this years Awards, he said.
Mr Holding said the annual Victorian Tourism Awards not only recognise the hard work of the States tourism operators, but highlight the many great experiences on offer around Victoria and help reinforcing the social and economic importance of tourism to the community.
Tourism is one of the States most important industries, responsible for 159,000 jobs and $10.9 billion in economic activity. Across regional Victoria tourism employs 61,000 people and contributes $3.4 billion to the economy.
Chris Buckingham says - Tourism is worth in excess of $600 million per annum and employs over 4,500 people in Gippsland. The Melbourne Airport 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and dinner at Melbourne's Crown Casino on Monday, November 19. Victorias winners will have the opportunity to shine on the national level, when they go on to compete at the Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra next February.
Picnic peace Walhalla courtesy imagesofgippsland
The Melbourne Airport 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards -
The Victorian Tourism Awards have been recognising innovation, creativity and professionalism in the States tourism industry since 1985.
This year there are 26 categories open to tourism businesses and three categories that honour the contribution of individuals.
The Awards reinforce the enormous value of tourism to the community, highlighting the great experiences on offer across the State and recognising the hard work of tourism operators.
Many of this years entrants took advantage of a seminar, workshop or the Mentor Program. These tools are designed to help entrants make their submission the best it can be and increase Victorias standing at the Australian Tourism Awards held each February. The national awards will be held in Canberra on 29 February 2008.
Many entrants say preparing a submission helps them review their business. It can also be a stepping stone to formal accreditation. The Awards process can also help raise a business profile.
Tickets went on sale on September 19 for the Melbourne Airport 2007 Victorian Tourism Awards. For more information go to www.victoriantourismawards.com.au/
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Feeding the pelicans Lakes Entrance courtesy imagesofgippsland
Gippsland is a touring experience for all seasons courtesy imagesofgippsland
In the tube surfing Ninety Mile Beach courtesy imagesofgippsland
Walhalla Long Shaft mine courtesy imagesofgippsland