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

YTN Strategic Planning Day

YTN Strategic Planning Day

YTN Strategic Planning Day

YTN Strategic Planning Day

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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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

Breaking News

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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