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Showcasing Tourism Operators That Make Us Number One

24 November 2016

The hard-working tourism operators and small businesses that make Victoria the nation’s envy for tourism and events have been recognised at the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren congratulated the Victorian businesses who took out awards at last night’s gala event.

Nobody does tourism like Victoria. The first-class experience we offer our visitors is why travellers from right around the world have us high on their list of must-see destinations. The determination and drive by those at the coalface is why we do so well.

Tourism is worth more than $21 billion to Victoria’s economy and creates jobs for 210,000 Victorians and that changes peoples lives for the better.

The Andrews Labor Government puts people first by securing the world-class events that attract visitors in their thousands and by building the tourism infrastructure projects that help Victoria offer an unforgettable experience.

But our success wouldn’t be possible without hard-working Victorians all over the state.

We were elected to put people first, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. Our Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy outlines our bold plans to grow visitor spending to $36.5 billion and increase employment in the sector to 320,700 jobs by 2025.

A list of highlights from the 2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and the Hall of Fame inductees can be found on the next page.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

"Victoria is only the tourism and events capital of Australia because of the hard work of those at the coalface. We’re so grateful for their efforts."

"All over Victoria, tourism operators and small businesses are helping showcase the best of everything we offer, and treating our visitors to unforgettable experiences."

"A healthy tourism industry boosts businesses and provides jobs for locals and that changes peoples lives for the better."

2016 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards highlights:

Sovereign Hill Major Tourist Attractions category

Australian Grand Prix Corporation Major Festivals and Events category

Bendigo Tramways Cultural Tourism category

Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe Destination Marketing category

BIG4 Beacon Resort Caravan and Holiday Parks category

Drift House Luxury Accommodation category

The Wellness Manor New Tourism Business category

Green Olive at Red Hill Excellence in Food Tourism category

John McGaw Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Andrew Cyples Young Achievers award

Hall of Fame inductees:

Sovereign Hill

Bendigo Tramways

BIG 4 Beacon Resort

Global Ballooning Australia

Drift House

Green Olive at Red Hill

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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