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Young Tourism Network takes out Victorian Tourism Award 2017

What an action packed year to the year 2017 was and what an incredible outcome the Young Tourism Network had at the 2017 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards winning Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers.

Special mention must go to outgoing committee members Robert Ratcliffe, Amelia Maher, Jess Derham along with current committee members Michelle Dall’Ava and Maddy McWha for their tireless work contributing to the submission. 

The award recognises ‘Outstanding contribution by Volunteers’ showcasing the hard work of the volunteers and committee members who have contributed to the Young Tourism Network since it’s inception in 2005.

For all the award winners click here

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Melbourne, the World’s Most Liveable City 7 years in a row

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For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been named World’s Most Liveable City in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Global Liveability Index. Melbourne has broken its own record and it is the first city to ever win the title for seven consecutive years.

The EIU Liveability Ranking assigns a rating across five broad categories, including: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. 140 of the world’s best cities had been scored and ranked – and once again, Melbourne has come out on top with a score of 97.5/100. In second place came Vienna, followed by Vancouver in third. Sydney was well behind and had not made into the top 10.

Tourism continues to be a key contributor towards Melbourne’s growing economy, with more than $6.7 billion spent by international overnight visitors for the year ending March 2017.

Well done Melbourne!


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Let’s celebrate Melbourne Tourism Week!

Join us along with Young ATEC for an evening of fun and networking.

Melbourne Tourism Week 2017 will be celebrated under the theme of Visitability starts with us, as we drive our city from world’s most liveable to most visitable. It’s time to celebrate the impact of tourism on Melbourne’s economy, and everything that tourism contributes to make Melbourne the coveted destination that it is.

And thanks to Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, we will celebrate MTW at one of Melbourne’s most unique event spaces. Join us on this social event and have two hours of real fun with industry peers.

Where: Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
When: Thursday 7th September
Time: 6pm–8pm
Cost: $20, includes drink on arrival and canapés
RSVP: Friday 25th August

Don’t miss out!

To book your tickets, click here.

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium




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YTN Committee Nominations

Are you looking to gain experience in a leadership role? Do you want to expand your networks and contribute to the future of the tourism industry?

Then why not nominate yourself for the YTN committee today!

Committee nominations are NOW OPEN and we encourage our members to nominate themselves to sit on the YTN committee for the next two years*

Nominations close on Friday 28 July 2017


*All nominees must be current YTN members.

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Second Speaker for our Alert! Crisis Management event announced!

We are excited to announce Paul McCarthy, Director of PBM Safety, as our second speaker for Alert! Crisis Management. Paul has worked and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Phil Collins, Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, U2 and even Michael Jackson!

Now presenting at (the even more famous) Young Tourism Network PD Series, Paul will tell us how the events industry can prepare for times of ‘crisis’. Paul is the director for PBM Safety, a recognised industry leader in safety and risk management for the event and entertainment industry and a member of the National Safety Council of Australia and The Safety Institute of Australia.

Alongside Paul, Stuart ToplisManager of Industry Sustainability at the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, will tell us how a ‘crisis’ look like in the tourism industry and how businesses can prepare for unforeseen situations.

Interested? Register here

Not sure whether this event is for you? Still register – you never know when you may come across a crisis.

When: Thursday 10 August – 6pm to 8pm

Where: Crown College

We still have few places left for the YTN @ Eureka Skydeck on Wednesday 19 July. Visit the highest public observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere and hear from Eureka Skydeck’s Sales & Marketing Manager, Caitlin Tepper.

If you are not keen on heights, come and meet us for a drink at the Ludlow Bar at 6.30pm.


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Young Tourism Network Annual General Meeting

Please join Young Tourism Network (YTN) for our annual general meeting (AGM) to be held at the VTIC offices.
Please note only current YTN members may attend the AGM, please RSVP by Friday 21 July 2017.

Meet at the reception on the ground floor of the Westpac building, 150 Collins Street, where one of our committee will meet you to take you through security.

To register click here.

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Disruptors & Innovators

Change is inevitable! Lucky for us, coming to present at our next Professional Development series, are those at the forefront of the latest innovations, technology and trends impacting our industry.

We have guest speakers coming in from the innovation and research space, CityLab, who focus on building collaboration between the community, technology and government, Virtual Reality experts from Kasa Digital, who will give you a look at the future through a completely different lens and those behind one of Melbourne’s most iconic attraction for both local and international visitors. 

Meet our speakers:

Museums Victoria

Hamish Palmer: Experience and Interpretation Manager
Emma Campbell: Senior Manager, Brand and Audience

The Museums Victoria collection is vast and eclectic with 17 million objects ranging from the world famous racehorse PharLap to the infamous sad otter, an internet sensation. The Museums hold a number of permanent and touring exhibitions like the recent blockbuster exhibition Jurassic World. Hamish and Emma will uncover lessons on disruption and talk through some of their most innovative campaigns.


Sarah McArthur: Senior Service Designer and Project Lead

CityLab is a creative space built on the philosophy of working with the community to understand future challenges and to start prototyping solutions that will bring positive change to our city. In this seminar, you will find out more about CityLab’s new visitor experience project.

Kasa Digital

Dexter Eugenio and Jacob Paris


By Samuel Zeller

Let’s explore the world of Virtual and Augmented Reality and what it means for the tourism industry. Dexter and Jacob will explain how these technologies are poised to divide and shake up the industry and why the future of tourism is closer to ‘Total Recall and The Matrix’.


Date: Tuesday June 27, 6pm to 8pm*

Venue: Crown College: 8 Haig Street, Southbank 3006

Cost: $20 student member / $25 professional member / $39 non-members


*Followed by a complimentary drinks and canapés.

Thanks to our Venue Partner, Crown College and our Corporate Gift Partner, Clementines

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The Future of our Industry

YTN is excited to announce the first seminar of our Professional Development Series of 2017:

The Future of our Industry

The events, hospitality and tourism sectors are evolving faster than ever to meet the changing preferences of our customers. We will bring together some of the leaders and experts in the respective fields to give you insights into what’s happening in the not-too-distant future.

Meet one of our speakers:

James Tranter, Eureka Skydeck:

James started his tourism career at Eureka Skydeck in 2008 whilst completing a Bachelor degree of Business Tourism Management at Victoria University. Since then he has held numerous positions in the industry including an internship at Qantas in L.A. and an Operations Coordinator role at Abercrombie & Kent. James has been back at Eureka Skydeck for the last 4 years in his current role as the Operations Supervisor.

James will explore the current trends in our visitor industry and the ways we can stay ahead of the game and sustain tourism in the upcoming years. He will also reveal some of the initiatives Eureka Skydeck have employed to remain a leading tourism attraction and the steps we can take to best prepare for the future of tourism.

Date: Wednesday April 5, 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Crowne College: 8 Haig Street, Southbank 3006

Cost: $20 student member / $25 professional member / $39 non-members

To register, click here

Thanks to our venue partner: Crown College

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Interview Me- Land the Job

The final event of the Young Tourism Network’s 2016 Professional Development Series saw students, young professionals and the Crown Melbourne recruitment team come together for what was to be an excellent evening. Thank you to the Crown Melbourne team for assisting to run this event, many of the staff volunteered their time to help our members.

The following report is from one of our fantastic volunteers on the night, Diana.


On Wednesday October 5th, I had the opportunity to volunteer and attend to the last event for the YTN 2016 Professional Development Series called Interview Me: Land the Job. The event focused on the development of professional and interpersonal skills to stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market. In collaboration with Crown College, YTN divided the evening in three workshops led by experienced recruiters who focused on:

–          Preparing for an interview: by participating in mock interviews.

–          Resume building: through receiving personal feedback on your own resume.

–          How to present yourself in a professional manner: from ‘what not to wear’ to body language.

The evening was followed by drinks at Mr. Hive, which provided a great networking opportunity to interact and connect with fellow peers. Overall, the event was a great opportunity to recognize what recruiters are looking for and to understand what you need in order to become a successful candidate when applying for a job and during an interview. Whether or not you are new in the job market, this workshop was a great chance to polish your skills, re-assess your past experiences, and to connect with leading professionals of Melbourne’s tourism industry.

-Diana Sepulveda Navarrete



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YTN Committee Elections

Don’t miss out on your chance to join the YTN Committee…

Nominations close Friday 2 September 2016
Are you looking to gain experience in a leadership role? Do you want to expand your networks and contribute to the future of the tourism industry? Then why not nominate yourself for the YTN committee today!

Nominate now

Committee nominations are NOW OPEN and we encourage our members to nominate themselves to sit on the YTN committee for the next two years*.
REMEMBER: Nominations close 5pm Friday 2 September 2016

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