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Meet your new Chair – Michelle Dall’Ava

YTN Chair – Michelle Dall’Ava

“Becoming a member of the Young Tourism Network (YTN) was the best thing I’ve done when I moved to Melbourne three years ago. YTN not only helped me to create strong connections in the industry but it also led me to the position that I am now. I’m ever so grateful for the Committee members who supported, advised and guided me and I feel privileged to now be a member of the Committee myself. I look forward to being a part of our continued growth”

YTN Chair - Michelle Dall'Ava

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Strategic Planning Day – Planning for 2018 & Beyond!

Your elected committee is busy transforming the way we do things. Over the past few months we have been working hard with many of the new and existing committee members to take on the feedback from members, partners and industry.

We hope to provide improved outcomes for our members, stronger relationships with our partners and create a vision to take Young Tourism Network forward over the next three years.

Thank you for your feedback and stay-tuned for some exciting updates over the next few months. The new committee will be meeting for the first time in 2018 this week and we hope to provide updates shortly.

YTN Strategic Planning Day

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Partner Spotlight – Clementine’s

Partner Spotlight – Clementine’s

When Melanie Ashe was travelling through the province’s and villages of France, little did she know it would be the inspiration needed to create one of Melbourne’s best-known local retailers. Since 2011 Clementine’s in Degraves St has been regarded as the place for Victorian made Fine Food & Gifts in Melbourne’s CBD.

Melanie wanted to bring the same locally sourced products and goods that inspired her in France and provide quality products that were not on offer in other discount souvenir shops.

“When travelling through France I saw the local industries in the small villages but when my final stop was Paris and wanted to get locally made items to bring home as gifts, everything I saw was made in other countries and mass produced.  I realised that Melbourne was exactly the same and did not represent the locally made products and produce that I was able to get through small makers and regional areas.  So I decided to change that and Clementine’s was born in the heart of the city” she said.

Clementines only sells products and produce made & crafted in Victoria, Australia. They offer a range of gifts, souvenirs, food, jewellery, body care and other home wares of real quality which are locally made.

Melanie sources items from over 100 small Victorian businesses all from a highly accessible CBD location on Melbourne’s famous Degraves Street.

Being a small-business owner certainly has it’s share of challenges but Melanie believes the benefits now far outweigh the early obstacles man small-business owner’s face.

“The biggest rewards are autonomy & working face to face with real people, from the small makers, engaging customers, neighboring businesses and our delivery people.  Having a small business also naturally means you have a community that actually cares about each other” she said.

Young Tourism Network has been fortunate to secure Clementines as a partner and Melanie believes the partnership is mutually beneficial. Clementine’s supports YTN with great gifts and products up for grabs at many of our events.

“YTN has a similar ethos to my own.  Building a community of like minded people who actually have each others best interest at heart is exceptionally powerful.  We are all at different stages and can both learn from each other and teach each other depending on where we are along the journey.   The greatest reward is when you have been able to guide someone who is now guiding others, she said.”

Clementines – our corporate gift partner can be found here

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YTN Trusted Advisor Program begins!

On Wednesday 17 May, our eager students arrived for the first meet and greet with their advisors as the YTN Trusted Advisor Program kicked off. All enjoyed drinks and nibbles at Mr Hive while meeting other participants in the program. The advisors were then whisked off to Crown College for their first training session with Mel Neil, of Mind Insurance. Mel covered key tools for the advisors to use in coaching the students, preparing them for the productive and meaningful meetings to come. Participants will now meet in their own time, before the advisors come together for another training session in August.

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Trusted Advisor Program

The Young Tourism Network is proud to present the inaugural Trusted Advisor Program. The program is aimed at fostering collaboration, learning and development between Young Tourism Network members.

Student and young professional members are invited to participate, with young professional members advising students. The program will run from May to October 2017, with applications being taken throughout April 2017. The program will begin with an initial meet and greet event, followed by training for advisors. Advisors will also receive follow up training during the program.

Applications for the 2017 program are OPEN NOW and will close on Monday 24 April 2017.

For more information and to apply click here.

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Thank you for a wonderful 2016!

On behalf of the fabulous YTN committee I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you, our valued members, the most wonderful festive season and thank you for all your support this year!

2016 has been a great year for YTN following the excitement of the network’s 10th birthday in December last year. Since then we have welcomed a brand new partnership with the iconic Eureka Skydeck; successfully delivered our 3rd Professional Development series, partnering with the incredible team at Crown Melbourne and Crown College as our venue sponsor for the series.

We were lucky enough to have the inspiring Mel Neil from Mind Fitness open the PD series in April again with a fascinating session on how to bring our A Game.

On the hot topic of the sharing economy, we hear from experts at our second event, The Power of the Shared Economy, Matt Denman from Uber Victoria, Jodie Willmer and Rob Nagy from Guest Ready and Geoff Stooke from the Airbnb of storage space, Spacelli.

At our third event we heard from experts in what could be considered ‘The Untapped Industry’. We welcomed Kirby Leary from Echidna Walkabout, Sarah Kelly from State Library Victoria and Shannon Beveridge of Earthcore Music Festival.

Our final event was run by the team at Crown Recruitment who generously gave their time to provide one on one advice through mock interviews and resume reviewing. Some of our attendees were even successful at landing new roles on the evening!

I’d like to thank the team at Crown Melbourne and Crown Recruitment and Crown College once again, and in particular Shane Thomas, Grainne Strickland and Kim Manning for their support this year.

We’re incredibly grateful to this year’s speakers and thank each of them for being so generous with their time, knowledge and expertise.

The PD series will return again in 2017 for the fourth year in a row and promises to bigger and better than ever. The feedback that you have provided us this year is currently being used by the YTN Events Team to develop the program so keep an eye on your inboxes in the new year for more details.

YTN celebrated Tourism Week in September at the MTIE, run by Destination Melbourne and with our networking event at Transport Bar, Federation Square. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to network with industry colleagues and we look forward to a similar event next year.

YTN is grateful for the ongoing support of our partners, Destination Melbourne; Visit Victoria; VTIC; Eureka Skydeck; La Trobe Business School; William Angliss Institute; and Victoria University and I’d like to thank them for yet another great year.

I’d like to thank and acknowledge this year’s outgoing committee members, Daisy Jenkins, David Johnston, Ebony Flett, Seth McDonald and Samantha Holcombe and welcome incoming committee members Madelene McWha, Michelle Dall’Ava, Sam Crowther, Bennett Pascoe and Mark Latham; and a big thank you and shout out to our ongoing committee members, Danielle Phyland, Kate Rickwood, Robert Ratcliffe, Jess Derham, Gerry Kennedy, Ryan Marsh, Richard Masawi and Ellana Katos.

An absolute highlight to finish off 2016 was celebrating our Christmas party with the very awesome yATEC team at Tonic Bar, Crown Promenade. It was such a great night with Little Cupcakes sweetening up the evening with their donation of 100 cupcakes. We were also lucky enough to have the talented Rat and Dragon Productions in attendance capturing the essence of the night. Check out the awesome video, along with some of their other great work here.

We were delighted to that the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Hon. John Eren was able to join us and it was wonderful to hear of his continued support of industry and the next generation of leaders.

To top off a great night, 7 lucky attendees walked away with prizes generously donated by Zoos Victoria, Global Ballooning Australia, Queen Victoria Market, MTB Adventures, Get Lost Travel Group, Gray Line Australia and Intrepid Travel.

Thank you once again for a great year! We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.

Take care and have a wonderful Christmas and a spectacular New Year.

Amelia Maher, Chair

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New Committee Announcement

As you would be aware the Young Tourism Network (YTN) held elections for all YTN members to put forward their vote for new committee members. We are very pleased to welcome new committee members Ryan Marsh, Samantha Holcombe and Richard Masawi.

In addition to this, all committee roles are reviewed, and to support professional development within the committee, these roles are reallocated by vote within the committee. As our valued associates I would like to present the results of our new committee to you for your information.

Amelia Maher (Parks Victoria) – Chairperson

Robert Ratcliffe (Best of Victoria) – Deputy chair

Richard Masawi (Victoria University) – Industry partnership coordinator

Seth McDonald (Park Hyatt) – University and TAFE partnership coordinator

Ryan Marsh (Corner Hotel Richmond) – Communications coordinator (Events Team)

Ebony Flett (Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information) – Communication coordinator (General)

Jess Derham (La Trobe University) – Events coordinator

Kate Houlgate (Destination Melbourne) – Events coordinator

David Johnston (Destination Melbourne) – Events coordinator

Gerry Kennedy (City Of Melbourne)- Events coordinator

Samantha Holcombe (Phillip Island) – Events coordinator

Danielle Phyland (Chatterbox Marketing)– Marketing/Social media coordinator

Daisy Jenkins (VRC) – Membership coordinator

Ellana Katos (VTIC) – Secretary / Treasurer

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Create Your Own Path

On Monday 17 August YTN welcomed around 60 young professionals and students to the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens to learn about the opportunities and challenges of running a tourism business. We were happy to have field trips from both William Angliss Institute and Holmesglen Institute attend the evening to further their knowledge and networks in the industry.

Despina Karatzias of Institute of Excellence shared her journey of leaving a job she loved to start her own business. Despina says “following your dreams, leaving a secure job and stepping into the uncertainty of starting your own business is NOT easy, if it were ‘easy’ everyone would be doing it and YOU are not everyone”. To see Despina’s presentation from the evening click here.

Jessica Gilchrist inspired us with her story of persistence and hard work which has today brought her to be Director of Chocoholic Tours. Jess highlighted the importance of knowing your numbers, securing a mentor (or two!) and setting goals.

Monique Bayer, winner of Young Achiever Award at the 2014 Victorian Tourism Awards set the group to work by asking “what lights you up?”, “does your job let you explore that?” and “could it?” Three questions that have the ability to open you up to so many possibilities. Monique owns Walk Melbourne Tours, has published a book ‘Devouring Melbourne‘;  and is about to publish her second book.

After spending 7 years at Gray Line Kirsty Grace began Melbourne Sports Tours and Outlet Shopping Tours with husband Anthony. Kirsty spoke about life balance, educational opportunities and her upcoming projects, which include building three new travel websites. Kirsty highlighted the fact an idea can take time to develop, such was the case with her first business.

Thank you to our speakers who generously donated prizes for our audience, and once again to Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens for hosting us. We also put together a video of the night, watch it here.

Book now for our final event of the year, if you’re finishing Uni and are looking for a job this is the event for you- Employ Me! Click here to book and for further information.

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Google Yourself Event Wrap Up

On Monday 15 June around 30 YTN members and supporters were treated to discussions with three professionals in the digital space. Jodie Willmer and Rob Nagy- directors of Guest Ready, assisting hosts with their Airbnb listings, provided insights into the shared economy and the opportunities this presents. Jodie and Rob recently presented ‘Guest Ready Airbnb Bookings Booster’ which has had over 80,000 views. You can access the presentation here. They also talked about Rachel Botsman’s TED talk which covers building trust and reputation online, a relevant theme for the evening and the sharing economy.

Connect with Jodie Willmer on LinkedIn

Connect with Robert Nagy on LinkedIn

Follow Guest Ready: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+

David Dusink of Ink Social spoke on the importance of curating your personal online content to get your dream job. David said when you Google yourself the content that appears should be what you want to appear, and you should focus heavily on Instagram and LinkedIn. The audience loved David’s tips and tricks for the best online profile.

Connect with David on LinkedIn

Follow Ink Social: Facebook

Caitlin Crowley, Course Manager at College of Event Management spoke on the importance of students keeping an eye on their online presence, ensuring they are portrayed in a positive lights and being aware of how they are depicted. Caitlin also highlighted the importance of Pinterest in events work and study.

Connect with Caitlin on LinkedIn

Find out more about the College of Event Management

Follow College of Event Management: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn


Thank you once again to Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens for hosting the event.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and well done to the winners of our Melbourne Zoo and Melbourne Star passes, and to Sam Crowther the winner of the 2 year YTN membership.

Be sure to sign up to our next event- Create Your Own Path, your passion your business on August 17. We will welcome young business owners to share their knowledge on starting out on their own. Click here to book. 

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