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2024 Annual Tourism Summit

On Wednesday 5 June, we welcomed 160 of our Partners to our 9th Annual Tourism Summit. The engagement and feedback from everyone in attendance has been fantastic as we explored the theme of Collaborative Futures and the role of our 10 Year Destination Management Plan in achieving our aspirations for the region.

This event has become a cornerstone for the whole region to come together and catch up with industry peers, meet new businesses, connect with the Yarra Ranges Tourism team and be inspired about the opportunities ahead for our industry.

We welcomed The Hon. Steve Dimopoulos, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Environment and Outdoor Recreation, who spoke about the opportunities for business support through the Regional Tourism Investment Fund 2024 and Regional Events Fund. He also announced additional support of $100,000 for Yarra Ranges Tourism programs through the Regional Tourism Network Industry Strengthening Program.

We thank our presenters who provided insights and information on how to take your business and its marketing further:

• Murrindindi (Wurundjeri Elder)
• Shae Keenan, Visit Victoria
• Kristy Malapa, Tourism Australia
• Phillip Johnson, Phillip Johnson Landscapes
• Tour Panelists – Craig Cooney, Fiona Sweetman and Rick Creamer
• Event Panelists – Steve Peppard, Mike Appleton, Paul Tesselaar and Peter Abbott
• Katrina McCarter - Award-winning speaker, business strategist and author
• Leigh Harry, Simon O’Callaghan and Euan McDonald-Madden

Our Trader expo was a hit with everyone as was the hospitality of the RACV Healesville Country Club and Resort. Thank you!

We’d like to all our partners for taking time out of your business to attend. Thank you to the State Government, Yarra Ranges Council and Nillumbik Shire Council for their support of the day and our event sponsors Tourism Australia, RACV and Yarra Valley Dairy.

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