YTN Committee Elections

YTN Committee Elections
Nominations close 12th August
We want you!

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 nominate for the YTN committee today! Download a nomination form here.Committee nominations are NOW OPEN and we encourage our members to nominate themselves to sit on the YTN committee for the next two years*.

Please email your nomination along with a short biography (50 words max) to including ‘YTN Nomination’ as the subject line.

REMEMBER: Nominations close 5pm 12th August.

Warm regards,
The YTN Committee

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YTN at the Winter Night Market

On Wednesday 22 July YTN met at Melbourne’s largest and most iconic market, the Queen Victoria Market to enjoy the Winter Night Market. Matt Bell from the events and marketing team at the Queen Victoria Market spoke to the group about the Winter Night Market including details on the geo fencing technology installed to monitor visitor movements and numbers, the many activations to ensure patrons stay longer, and the speedy turnover time required to have the market ready to run as usual each Thursday post the Night Market. YTN enjoyed the global street food, wine and shopping on offer. The Winter Night Market runs from June 3 to August 26 this year so make sure you check it out.


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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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Getting there

YTN catches up with tourism professional, Madelene McWha

YTN: How are you involved in the Tourism Industry?

MW: I teach and research tourism at Latrobe University and William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.

YTN: What do you think is the best thing about Victoria’s Tourism Industry?

MW: Every destination is unique – the diverse landscapes in Victoria mean there are endless places to explore from cities to mountain ranges, coasts and beaches, the Murray River, the Yarra Valley vineyards and the Grampians. I hope to see Melbourne city continue to strive to be a globally conscious modern tourism destination. It will be interesting to see how Tourism Australia’s new campaign, Restaurant Australia, develops. It promotes local produce and cuisine and it ought to have great implications for Melbourne, which is known for its fine food and wine, its secret laneway eateries and coffee culture.

YTN: Where did you study? What are you studying?

MW: I completed my Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality Management) and Master of Tourism with Honours at La Trobe University, where, mid this year, I will submit my PhD in contemporary travel writing. I interviewed 47 professional travel writers and bloggers and my thesis explores how they reflect on their roles as tourism promoters, while simultaneously supporting sustainable travel, which can sometimes prove challenging. It seems that many writers feel an accountability to write responsibly. Yet, to get published, they must negotiate with many external bodies, as well as transform alongside technological spaces. The implications for both writers and writing are massive.

YTN: What do you most enjoy about your current job?

MW: Researching travel writing, I have met some incredible people with wonderful stories. One underwent a traditional 6-week Papua New Guinean cultural ceremony at age 24 to embody the Crocodile’s spirit through extreme sacrifice and scarification. Another travelled by horseback from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of the nomads and Genghis Khan. Others sold their belongings and have dedicated their lives to being permanent nomads, blogging from the road. I hope that by tying these stories with theory and relaying them to my students that I can inspire them to think creatively about travel and respect places and cultures that are different to their own.

YTN: What are your career goals?

MW: I would like to continue in academia and contribute to the field of travel writing and tourism studies.

YTN: What advice do you have for students or anyone starting out in the tourism industry?

MW: Tourism is a multifaceted global network and because our ways of communicating are rapidly changing, if you are active online and use social media constructively, you can meet people in tourism from all over the world. If you love the idea of travel, celebrate cultural differences and want new experiences, then the fused tourism, hospitality and events industries are the right place for you.

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short

YTN catches up with guest speaker, Mel Neil

YTN: What can we expect from  the YTN Don’t Sell Yourself Short Event?

MN: Being at our best is within everyone’s reach. We do, however find it difficult at times to do just that! This session is all about learning that for most things we strive for today – our brains do most of the heavy lifting. Therefore understanding how our brains work and how we can be ‘brain fit’ is the key to us being at our best for longer, more often.

YTN: What do you think is the best thing about Victoria’s Tourism Industry?

MN: In my 15 plus years in the industry it is definitely the people that make it great. No other industry continues to provide an environment that challenges, allows us to be creative and innovative, look for new opportunities, and continually craft an inspiring journey in such a long term and sustainable fashion.

YTN: What opportunities do you see for those who are new to Victoria’s Tourism Industry?

MN: More and more, policy makers are not the people who are going to solve the challenges that face our industry today or in the future. It is the people who make up the vibrant industry who will create the new opportunities, meet the challenges and provide solutions. We are now headlong into the ‘Imagination Age’ so people – the world is at your feet in an industry that is not process or policy driven.

YTN: What advice would you give to students or anyone starting out in the Tourism Industry?

MN: Enter into this journey with an abundance mentality. There is scope to do, create, deliver, build, whatever you want, like never before. Let others sook about how hard it is, and how unfair it is, and how it’s someone else’s fault, and go get it!



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YTN News March 2015

RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Young Achiever 2014, Monique Bayer

Monique Bayer, owner and operator of Walk Melbourne Tours, was awarded the Young Achievers Award at the 2014 Victorian Tourism Awards. Young Tourism Network caught up with Monique to see what’s next for her business, and what advice she’s got other young members of the tourism industry..

YTN: How long have you been in the tourism industry?

MB: Since July 2012. I started Walk Melbourne Tours out of a love for Melbourne and for travel, without any background in the tourism industry at all. So I was a total rookie!

YTN: How have your passions influenced what you do?

MB: Walk Melbourne Tours was born of my passion for Melbourne’s coffee, laneway and food culture. I used to work in IT and after a few years I decided a desk job wasn’t for me. So I just created my dream job.

YTN: What advice do you have for those new to the industry?

MB: Find out what you love doing and build your life around it. Don’t try to be all things to all people. Be persistent through the rough bits. And always wear a smile (they’re free!)

YTN: How did it feel winning the Young Achiever Award at the 2014 Victorian Tourism Awards?

MB: Gosh – it was a great feeling and still is! The last couple of years have been a little crazy! I learn something new about running a business or working in tourism each day. I still feel like a relative new comer in the industry, so it was a very nice surprise to be recognised.

YTN: What are the next steps for you and your business?

MB: I’m hoping to publish my second book in the next 6 months – if I can find some time to finish it over the busy summer months. Basically I want to continue to do what I love, learn from those around me and build Walk Melbourne Tours so I can work with more young people to share everything Melbourne has to offer with the world!

Monique will be a guest speaker at the Create Your Own Path- Your Passion, Your Business YTN Event on August 17 2015. Click here for more information.

Find out more about Monique and Walk Melbourne here and watch videos of the Walk Melbourne Tours here.


Meet our Membership Coordinator

Daisy Jenkins has recently moved to the position of Membership Coordinator with the Young Tourism Network. Daisy has been involved in the travel and tourism industry for over ten years. She has worked as a travel consultant in Victoria and New South Wales, and is currently working part time with Travel Connections in North Melbourne. Daisy also works with the Sales and Membership Team at Zoos Victoria. Both of these jobs were juggled while Daisy was studying a Bachelor of Business (Event Management/Tourism Management) at LaTrobe University, which she completed last year.

For all YTN Membership questions, please contact Daisy on

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YTN News December 2014

Young Tourism Network Christmas Party

Past, present and future YTN members joined together to celebrate Christmas on Wednesday December 3 at Slate Restaurant Bar. Another key highlight was the celebration and recognition of Chris Porter’s work with YTN as he recently stepped down from the Committee. Jess Derham, YTN Chair, and Dianne Smith, VTIC CEO and Chris’ employer shared their memories and thanks for Chris’ dedication to YTN. A number of past YTN Chairs were in attendance to show their appreciation for Chris’ assistance over the years and their ongoing support of YTN.

The event was well catered with fantastic food provided by Slate Restaurant Bar and a lolly buffet provided by Prestige Candy.

Thank you to all members, partners and supporters for your assistance throughout 2014, and we look forward to seeing you again in 2015.

-YTN Committee

Major Events in Melbourne

Over the Summer the city comes alive. Stay up to date with all that is happening in this great city by heading to “That’s Melbourne” online directory of events. Read more.

The Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas. Read more
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YTN News September 2014

Discovering Melbourne’s Diverse Accommodation Industry

On Wednesday 24th September our professional development series concluded with a look into Melbourne’s accommodation industry. We welcomed guests from three very different organisations- Miranda Miller of Yarra Valley Lodge, Katie James from RACV and Christina Harris from YHA. In a round table format, each speaker presented information on their career path, current and past jobs. With each organisation being unique, and operating in different spaces in the accommodation sector, there was lots to be learnt at each table. Thank you to our guests Miranda, Katie and Christina and we look forward to welcoming all members and friends of Young Tourism Network to our 2015 professional development series.

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YTN News August 2014

One-on-one networking event a hit

On Wednesday 27th August, our professional development series continued with the latest installment focusing on the events and attractions sectors. Young Tourism Network welcomed Olivia Dal Bo of Peter Jones Special Events, Tracy Hore from Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Natalie Duke from Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Carla Phillips from Zoos Victoria to take part in discussions on their experiences in the events and attractions industries. Nearly 40 participants were divided into groups with each guest speaker, providing an intimate environment for participants to engage in discussion and ask questions. The speakers discussed how they got to where they are today, what’s next for their event or attraction and the opportunities and challenges they have faced. The food was brilliant as always, and many passionate young professionals took the time to engage in networking both prior to and post the event. A special thank you to our guests Olivia, Tracy, Natalie and Carla. The final part to the series will take place on Wednesday 24th September looking at the accommodation sector, watch your inbox for ticket sales.

YTN celebrates Victorian Tourism Week with a bonus for new members!

From the 1– 5 of September the Young Tourism Network will be offering the first 20 members to sign up a free ticket to visit one of Melbourne’s leading attractions. The first 20 members who sign up will be provided with a free pass to either the Melbourne Zoo or the Melbourne Star.  Past members are encouraged to renew their memberships for the chance to receive a free pass. Join now!

New YTN Committee Announced

With new and old committee members combined our new YTN committee is sure to deliver our membership base a great deal of industry development and opportunities to network with like minded individuals. The passion from all the committee is evident, so watch this space!

Chair– Jessica Derham

Co-Chair- Simon Lock

Industry Coordinator– Danielle Phyland-

 Uni and TAFE Liasion Coordinator– Robert Ratcliffe

Marketing Coordinator- Matt Kennedy

Events Coordinators– Amelia Maher, Beth Bryan, Scott Dewer, Daisy Jenkins, Seth McDonald, David Johnston

Events Communication Coordinator- Kate Houlgate

Communications Coordinator- Ebony Flett

VTIC Representative- Chris Porter

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Welcome to the new YTN website

Welcome to the new home of the Young Tourism Network!

We decided that our old site was starting to look a little past it, so we have spent some time rebranding and updating to 2013 standards.

Some of the new features you will notice on this site are:

  • Members section
  • Online membership purchasing and renewal.
  • Job board
  • More news and photos.

Over the next few weeks all of our current members will be sent their login details for the membership side of the website.

We hope you enjoy the all new YTN and hope to see you at events soon.

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