MTLP: Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program

Fostering leadership within the visitor industry


The Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program (MTLP) is a ground-breaking professional development program giving people with a demonstrated interest in tourism an opportunity to grow as leaders within the industry. 

Heading to the tenth year, the vision for MTLP is to continue to develop leaders from across the visitor industry who have the passion and drive to provide ongoing leadership for Melbourne and Victoria. The primary focus will be on giving people the tools they need to be more effective leaders. 

The Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program won the RACV Victorian Tourism Award for Best Training and Education Program in 2012 and most recently, in 2016.

Applications are now open for 2018

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MTLP Course Outline and Details

Program content, costs and inclusions for MTLP 2018

Key 2018 dates and deadlines

Who should apply for MTLP?

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Meet the MTLP facilitator, Mel Neil

Goals of MTLP

What participants can expect to learn through MTLP

For Employers

How will your business benefit from having a MTLP leader in your team?

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MTLP Graduate Series

Once the Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program has been completed, graduates are invited to join the MTLP Graduate Series, an ongoing program of support developed to offer further training and social and networking opportunities. 

More on the MTLP Graduate Series

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MTLP Board Observer Position

In 2017 Destination Melbourne once again offered our exclusive opportunity for MTLP graduates. The MTLP Board Observer position enables one Graduate to undertake a 12-month position as a non-voting observer on the Destination Melbourne Board. We were very pleased to offer the position to Milton Collins this year. Milton will sit in the Board from April 2017 to February 2018. 

Destination Melbourne offered this new initiative for the first time in 2016 and David McCarthy, Acting Director Business Development, Melbourne Convention Bureau fully participated as board observer for the 12-month period. Read about David's experience here.

What's involved?

The successful graduate would be an observer (a non-voting member) of Destination Melbourne’s Board and attend six bi-monthly meetings.

During this period the MTLP Observer will learn about fundamental principles and functions of not for profit boards, the roles of board members, fiscal processes and other governance priorities. This program will provide the successful applicant with first-hand exposure of the role of a Board and its decision making, as well as targeted professional development to give the Observer important skills for their future careers as board members.

This is a voluntary opportunity and the commitment would involve six board meetings. The meetings run from 8.30am to 10.30am on the third Friday of the month (April, June, August, October, December and February)

MTLP Visitability Ambassador

Destination Melbourne would like to congratulate Steph Hopton as the inaugural MTLP Visitability Ambassador, announced at the 2016 MTLP Graduation ceremony.

Steph voluntarily undertook an extension to the MTLP program, to submit a report evaluating the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) against the five pillars of Visitability: Sense of Welcome; Inclusivity; Communication; Technology and Transport. 

Her 12-month action plan to address opportunities is ambitious yet realistic, and if fully implemented would further MCEC’s position as a visitor-friendly destination.

“I’d encourage all of next year’s MTLP class to challenge yourself and complete the Visitability Report” said Steph. 

Learn more about the Visitability Program

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What to expect from MTLP

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