Melbourne Tourism Leadership Program (MTLP)

A professional development program like no other

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. 

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

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

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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 emotional intelligence tools they need to be more effective leaders.

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Who should apply for MTLP?

Meet the MTLP facilitator, Mel Neil

Program content, costs and inclusions

Key dates and deadlines


What participants can expect to learn through MTLP


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

What to expect from MTLP

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

Destination Melbourne Board Observer

This position enables one MTLP 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.

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, Director, Major Bids and National Business Development at Melbourne Convention Bureau and a graduate of MTLP 2014

2017Milton Collins, Managing Director of Glenbroch Consulting, MTLP 2016

2018Lakshmi Cashmore, Business Development Coordinator at State Library Victoria, MTLP 2017. Read about Lakshmi's experience below.

This is what Lakshmi Cashmore has to say about the opportunity.

Thanks for our Partners:

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