Presented by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) in partnership with Visit Victoria, the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards celebrated winners across 30 categories for their outstanding contributions to the industry.
There were 121 submissions in 2018, with 82 business entries achieving a score of 75% or above determining them as winners. Impressively, this is a 10% increase of a finalist result or above compared to 2017.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Chief Executive Felicia Mariani said she was delighted to see the exceptional calibre of entrants in the 2018 awards and the countless examples of business excellence: “It’s wonderful to see industry getting involved and an increased quality of submissions entered,” Mariani said.
Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, Holmesglen at Eildon, Auswalk, Cave Hill Creek, Royal Mail Hotel and Worn Gundidj at Tower Hill, all claimed Hall of Fame status after winning gold in the same category for three consecutive years, doubling the number of last year’s inductees.
Three categories recognising individuals for their contributions to the industry were also awarded, including Professor Bryan King for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual, and Parks Victoria who took home the Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers award.
Destination Melbourne's own Michelly Dall'Ava nabbed first place in the Young Achiever's Award category, a testament to her hard work and dedication to the industry. "I'm honoured to have been chosen as this year's Young Achiever. This is such a dynamic and creative industry, and I look forward to contributing more in the coming months," said Michelly.
“These Individual Awards provide a great platform to highlight the important work being carried out by members of the industry at all stages of their careers within the tourism and events sector. This category rightfully acknowledges the commitment of those leading the way in excellence, creativity and sustainability,” Mariani said.