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VTIC September Mixer

By | Business

I have said this before and I will undoubtedly say it again, another month, another wonderful Victorian Tourism Industry Council Mixer! Held once again at the DoubleTree by Hilton in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. This month’s mixer gathered tourism and hospitality businesses from far and wide.

 

The attendees for the VTIC mixers are always a varied and fascinating bunch, ranging from tour operators through to destinations. There is never any shortage of engaging conversation to be had. Alongside many familiar faces, there were new people to connect with. I spoke with many people from both destinations and tours, as well as industries supplementing the Tourism Industry.

 

The VTIC and DoubleTree staff put on a wonderful spread, with catering options to cater to every need. As with previous months the VTIC team organised another ice breaker to encourage people to have more conversations. This month the theme was locations and destinations. On each name tag a place or area was printed, the idea being that you tried to find the matching half. For instance, I had Dal Zotto Wines and I had to locate the King Valley. This gave people a great way to break into conversations.

 

As always I had a wonderful time with the VTIC Mixer. The catering was fantastic, the people were more than happy to share what they do and the space was a great highlight of what Victoria has to offer. I am definitely excited to attend more VTIC Mixers in the coming months.

 

  Things to Note

  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 270 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
  • Highlight: The continued enthusiasm of the VTIC staff
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: A great way to discover the best of Victoria’s tourism offerings

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4.5/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: N/A
  • Networking Opportunity: 5/5

Total: 14.5/15

VTIC August Mixer Event Review

By | Business

Another month, another fantastic Victorian Tourism Industry Council Mixer! This month’s mixer was held at DoubleTree by Hilton, in their Platform 270 Bar. DoubleTree was a fantastic location for the mixer, with an atmosphere that reflects DoubleTree’s Flinders Street location.

Robert Ratcliffe and the team at VTIC gathered another diverse crowd, full of tour operators, event coordinators and hotel managers. As always it was great to mingle with the Tourism Industry and to hear about many wonderful businesses.

I was excited to hear about the Victorian Tourism Conference. The conference was an opportunity for the Tourism Industry to showcase the wonders that Victoria has to offer. VTIC distributed a number of packets that were initially for the delegates of the conference. These packets contained a number of offers for tourist destinations in Victoria. This really highlighted the sheer amount of things to do in Victoria if you look for them.

The food was also another home run, with options to suit everyone with a variety of cuisines and vegetarian options. A particular favourite were the Beef Empanadas.

As with last month, Robert devised a fantastic way for attendees to break the ice. This month he was offering playing cards to each person. Then later in the evening we were encouraged to find people with the same suit as our own card. Helping attendees to break the ice is always a thing I like to see at networking events and the way VTIC do it is always very entertaining.

I thoroughly enjoyed this month’s VTIC mixer and will definitely be attending the Mixer in September.

  Things to Note

  • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 270 Flinders Street, Melbourne 3000
  • Highlight: The enthusiasm of the VTIC staff
  • Cost: Free
  • Hot Tip: The best place to discover Victoria’s hidden tourism gems

Ratings:

  • Venue:  4.5/5
  • Catering: 5/5
  • Speaker: N/A
  • Networking Opportunity: 5/5

Total: 14.5/15

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

Ratings:

  • Venue: 4/5
  • Catering: 4.5/5
  • Speaker: N/A
  • Networking Opportunity: 4/5

Total: 12.5/15