About Us

Who are we?

Launched in May 2006, the Young Tourism Network (YTN) is a non-profit networking group for the Victorian tourism, travel, hospitality and events industry.

Our mission

To foster career development and professional excellence of students and professionals of all ages in order to grow and strengthen the Victorian tourism industry.

Our core values

Contribution, collaboration, connection, learning and growth.

The Young Tourism Network exists to:

  • Empower students, new entrants and experienced professionals of all ages to connect, learn and grow, ultimately leading to increased personal and professional development and career enhancement.
  • Encourage collaboration and strengthen the relationship between the education sector and operators in the industry.

A 14-person, member-elected volunteer committee, who all work within and/or study tourism-related fields, runs operations, events, programs and communications that facilitate connections and collaboration between our members, students and industry professionals.

YTN would not exist without the support from the industry and our amazing Partners!

Our Committee

Madeleine Sawyer


Maureen Pillon

Deputy Chair

Melissa Adamson

Website & Content Coordinator

Isabel Hurley

Trusted Advisor Program Coordinator

Emma Stock

Marketing &
Social Media Coordinator

Natalie Babic

Membership Coordinator

Olivia Salsbery

Communications Coordinator

June O’Brien

Industry Partnerships Coordinator

Lexi Connors

Uni & TAFE
Partnerships Coordinator

Kate Rickwood

Secretary & Treasurer

Jake Whitney

Professional Development Events Team

Phoebe Graham

Professional Development Events Team

Hugh Fitzpatrick

Social Events

Alyssa Anderton

Social Events


Victorian Tourism Awards

In 2017, YTN won the RACV Victorian Tourism Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer/s’

Victorian Tourism Awards

In 2010, YTN won the RACV Victorian Tourism Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer/s’