Each month the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) holds a networking mixer for the tourism and events industry. This month I attended the event, held at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, one of the largest tourist destinations in Melbourne. Sea Life opened up their Mermaid Garden are for this event. A wonderful space that affords a spectacular view of the creatures of the deep.
There was a brief welcome speech from the General Manager of Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, covering the philanthropy and promotions that Sea Life has undertaken recently and are planning in the future. One of the many events Sea Life has coming up is Sea Life Nights, taking place on the 31st of August giving the young at heart a chance to wander through the aquarium with a cocktail in hand.
Many of the attendees for the mixer were from the tourism industry, ranging from Business Development managers from hotels to single operator tour operators.
To encourage conversation between individuals from different industries VTIC organised fish varieties to be added to the name tags that were collected by attendees during registration. The idea behind the fish names was to find your fellow fish and use that as a sort of ice-breaker to initiate conversation.
One of the many fascinating individuals I spoke with runs environmentally focused tours through the Yarra Valley, catering to corporate groups and tourists alike.
VTIC and Sea Life provided an array of finger food throughout the event, all of which looked and tasted wonderful. Ironically (and quite to my amusement) a significant portion of the food on offer was seafood, with sashimi and fish cakes making the rounds as attendees arrived.
Overall the event was a fantastic opportunity to network with a variety of people from the tourism industry in one of the most interesting networking venues I have seen so far.
Things to Note:
- Location: Sea Life Melbourne, corner King and Flinders Street, Melbourne
- Highlight: The stunning sea life on display
- Cost: Free
- Hot Tip: Take a large stack of business cards
- Venue: 4/5
- Catering: 4.5/5
- Speaker: N/A
- Networking Opportunity: 4/5