Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program (MTLP)

Celebrating 10 years!


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. 

MTLP won the RACV Victorian Tourism Award for Best Training and Education Program in 2012, 2016 and most recently, won the silver award for Training and Education Program in 2017.

The Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program is sponsored by Melbourne Airport and supported by Visit Victoria and City of Melbourne.


On its 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.

Applications for the Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program will open in early October. To submit your expression of interest, contact Michelle.

20180215 185631

MTLP Course Outline and Details

Program content, costs and inclusions for MTLP 2018

Key dates and deadlines

Who should apply for MTLP?

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?

Feedback from Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program alumni

MTLP Graduates

Once the Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program has been completed, Destination Melbourne offers graduates opportunities to attend networking events and other programs from time to time. 

View a gallery of all past MTLP Participants

Destination Melbourne Board Observer

This position enables one Graduate to undertake a 12-month position as a non-voting observer on the Destination Melbourne Board

The successful graduate observes (a non-voting member) meetings of the Destination Melbourne Board and attends six bi-monthly meetings.

Our current Board Observer for 2018 is Lakshmi Cashmore, Industry Development Officer at Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine.

During the year 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 provides 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.

Destination Melbourne has offered this initiative since 2016, and we thank our previous Board Observers.

2016 - David McCarthy, Acting Director Business Development, Melbourne Convention Bureau.

2017 - Milton Collins, former CEO of Federation Square’s Transport Hotel Complex.

MTLP Visitability Ambassador

Destination Melbourne would like to congratulate Anita Monticone from Parks Victoria. Anita is the 2018 MTLP Visitability Ambassador, announced at the 2017 MTLP Graduation ceremony.

Anita voluntarily undertook an extension to the MTLP program, to submit a report evaluating the Wilsons Promontory National Park against the five pillars of Visitability: Sense of Welcome; Inclusivity; Communication; Technology and Transport. 

Her recommendations to improve Visitability are insightful, and if fully implemented would further Parks Victoria's position as a visitor-friendly business.

Steph Hopton was the inaugural MTLP Visitability Ambassador, announced at the 2016 MTLP Graduation ceremony.

Steph submitted a report evaluating the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) against the five pillars of Visitability. 

Her report included a 12-month action plan to address opportunities for MCEC, and was designed to further MCEC’s position as a visitor-friendly destination. Steph has since made some impressive changes to her workplace. Read more here.

Learn more about the Visitability Program

What to expect from MTLP

Hear from MTLP graduates about the difference MTLP makes. Step up and break new ground!

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