CEO Message - December 2018 - Merry Everything!

The last few weeks have been eventful, with the state elections cementing the return of the Andrews Government, for another 4-year term. This return also sparked a number of changes to the Premier’s cabinet, with Minister John Eren’s announcing he would step down from Cabinet to focus on his Lara constituency. We thank Minister Eren for his service and dedication to Victoria’s tourism industry and we wish him all the best for the future.

Our new Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon. Martin Pakula attended last week’s Industry Christmas party, he highlighted the key synergies between his six other portfolios including: Jobs, Innovation, Trade, Sport and Racing. It is pleasing that Tourism and Major Events has been linked to these other portfolios especially Jobs and Innovation. We look forward to working with Minister Pakula, to strengthen and lift the visitor economy’s profile within cabinet, driving the message that this growing industry provides in increasing value in employment and economic expenditure. 

As we approach the last few days of 2018, I like to thank all of you, our industry partners, stakeholders and colleagues for your ongoing engagement and collaborative support for Destination Melbourne. 2018 has been a planning and scoping year for the DM team and we look forward to presenting new visitor opportunities to you in 2019. 

Have a sparkling festive season with your families and friends. Keep safe, refresh and we look forward to working with you in the New Year.