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VTIC’s July Mixer Event Review

By Business

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

Total: 12.5/15

VTIC 2018 Mixer Series Event: June Tourism Networking Event Review

By Business

On June 6th, the Syneka Marketing team attended an event hosted by the VTIC. The event was held at the Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium at Flinders Street.

The VTIC Mixer series is held monthly throughout the year, from February to December 2018, to provide business development and networking opportunities to all members.

We were warmly welcomed with champagne and nibbles upon arrival, and all attendees gathered in a large room surrounded by sea life visible through glass wall barriers. VTIC representative, Robert Ratcliffe welcomed all attendees to the event and introduced a Sea Life representative to give us information about the night, and encourage everyone to meet and enjoy the venue.

We attended the event as a team, and it was a great way to finish off a busy day at work and have a glass of Champagne together in such an amazing venue!

The event was from 6 pm- 8 pm, and as the speakers spoke briefly at the start, there was a lot of time to look at the sea life and meet other people. The nibbles were great and there was a lot of it to go around the event, such as Mushroom Gnocchi and Mexican Tortillas.

However, due to the size of the venue, people were intrigued by the seal life and walking around to see all of the sea creatures which made it quite difficult to engage in a conversation with others. Signs with the event name would be useful to save people time trying to find the event entrance, as it was quite hidden.

This was a great event to finish of a busy day at work, despite the lengthy time for networking, the venue made it quite difficult, so I wouldn’t recommend this to people who only want to network. However, it is great for a team catch up after work!

Things to Note:


Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Corner King and Flinders Streets

Melbourne, VIC 3000

Cost: Free

Highlight: The sea life and the food

Hot Tip: Take a camera, as the lighting looks amazing at night

Overall Rating:

Network Opportunity: 2/5

Speakers: 1/5

Venue: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Total: 11/20