This week the Australian British Chamber of Commerce partnered with Quest Apartment Hotels to present a panel discussion on Regional Travel and Tourism.
The discussions were started with some opening remarks from Joanne Freeman, the Director of Trade for Australia and New Zealand with the UK Department of International Trade. Joanne reflected on the growth in regional areas, such as Bendigo and Ballarat, comparing their growth to the growth of regional cities in the UK. It was fascinating to hear the similarities between Victoria and the UK, specifically in regards to the regionalisation of business and tourism.
The panel consisted of three members, Danielle Green MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Tourism & Major Events, Paul Constaninou, Executive Chairman from Quest Apartment Hotels and Paul Matthew, Visit Victoria’s Head of Regional Tourism and Strategy. The panel was mediated by Dr. Jeff Jarvis, Director of the Graduate Tourism Program.
There was a great deal of discussion in regards to the continued development of regional centers in Victoria. It was interesting to hear about the planned development of cultural destinations in major regional centers, including the development of Arts Centers in both Ballarat and Shepparton.
I also learned a great deal about Quest Apartment Hotels, as the event was put on in partnership with Quest. I spoke with Franchise Owners from Mount Waverly and Hawthorn.
The food on offer was very tasty, with a selection of finger food, ranging from Blue Cheese and Fig Tarts to Sliders and Sausage Rolls. A definite crowd pleaser was the Arancini, with Mushroom and Cheese!
All in all the discussions had at this event provided a great deal of insight into the travel and tourism trends within Victoria, as well as a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the regional development projects being undertaken by the Federal Government, Victorian Government and regional cities. I would definitely attend events held by the Australian British Chamber or Commerce in the future.
Things to Note:
- Location: Quest Apartment Hotels, Level 2, 390 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
- Highlight: Fantastic insight into Regional Developments, both current and future
- Cost: $40
- Hot Tip: Try the sausage rolls.
- Venue: 4/5
- Catering: 4.5/5
- Speakers: 4/5
- Networking Opportunity: 2.5/5