CEO Message - July 2018 - Have your say in shaping the future of inner Melbourne

Have your say in shaping the future of inner Melbourne

This August, the Inner Metropolitan Partnership is asking businesses and communities to come together to share their thoughts on what are the priorities and challenges within the inner Melbourne area (City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip and City of Yarra).

As a committee member of the Inner Metropolitan Partnership I encourage you to participate at the second annual Assembly, 5.30PM on 16 August, at the Richmond Football Club.

The Inner Metro Partnership is one of six Metropolitan Partnerships established in 2017 by the Victorian Government, which recognises that local communities are in the best position to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by their region.

Participating in the Assembly will provide people with the opportunity to share their ideas, which will inform the Partnership in relation to forming its advice to the Victorian Government. Having tourism businesses participate in this forum will ensure tourism priorities and concerns are being noted and part of the overall dialogue.

Visit the Engage Victoria website to find out more about the Inner Metropolitan Partnership and to register attendance to the Inner Metropolitan Assembly.

In September we’re excited to be hosting Melbourne Tourism Week (MTW) from 10-14 September. Over the past 10 years, the Melbourne Tourism Industry Exchange has been the centrepiece of MTW, but this year we have decided to give it a new name, The Exchange, and a new visual identity.

We are elevating The Exchange to be a premium B2B event, exclusive to tourism businesses and professionals across all sectors of the industry. Last year, over 400 people, who primarily have front line visitor industry roles attended the event to learn about precincts, regions, new experiences, exhibitions and developments. The Exchange will be held on Tuesday 11 September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. To find out more about this event and to register go to this page of our website.

The International Visitor Survey results for year ending March 2018 were released today, with Melbourne’s international performance continuing to increase solidly. Melbourne hosted 2.8m overnight visitors who injected $7.4 billion into our economy. China continues to be our number one market followed by New Zealand, the USA and United Kingdom. Both India and Japan markets also posted solid growth figures, at 28.8% and 25.4% respectively.  For full results visit this page of our website.