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Trusted Advisors Program: Meet our Advisors

The Trusted Advisors Program for 2020 is off to a flying start, partnering industry professionals with students and new entrants to the industry for 3 months of advising, guiding, leading and learning. The following 18 experienced professionals have been matched with their student. We are so excited to take you along for the ride. PROGRAM OVERVIEW YTN’s Trusted Advisor Program aims to provide tourism, events and hospitality students (Advisees) the opportunity
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Chit Chat Series: Despina Karatzias

To help our readers get to know you, tell us a bit about yourself and your career journey so far. What/where did you study? Did you always want to go into tourism and events marketing or is that something you fell into? I started my tourism studies first completing a Diploma of Tourism at Holmesglen, then I went on to complete my Advance Diploma at William Angliss which created a pathway
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The power of partnerships

On the evening of Thursday 6th August 2020 Young Tourism Network members and friends were joined by tourism industry professionals Richard (Dickie) Currer from Funlab and Jon Perrett from Air Adventure for an insightful webinar discussing the power of partnerships. Both speakers spoke about how creating successful partnerships can lead an organisation to improve its efficiency, effectiveness and competitiveness, but they take focus, planning and work. Dickie describes himself as a
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Chit Chat Series: Isla Foy

Your role:  Visitor Services Officer at Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine Tell us a bit about yourself- where and what did you study?  In 2007 I studied a joint course with Deakin University and South West TAFE in Warrnambool. My courses were a Bachelor of Management and Advanced Diploma in Tourism. I learnt a lot of skills from my Diploma in particular including my RSA certification, event management and was lucky enough
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Chit Chat Series: Anita Donnelly

Tell us a bit about yourself- Your studies and past roles in tourism. I completed a BA (International Studies) at RMIT and a Master of Tourism at Monash University. During both courses I had the opportunity to study overseas with an exchange in the Netherlands, an internship in Thailand and another exchange to Estonia.   Past Roles include: Marketing Coordinator and later returned to be the Marketing and Partnership Development Manager at The
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Shake Up Your Business

On Thursday 9th July, Young Tourism Network members and friends were joined by tourism industry professionals Christina Koullas and Justin Meneguzzi from CK PR and Jared O’Meara from Get Lost Travel Group and founder of Reppin for an engaging webinar about how their businesses are adapting in the current climate of COVID-19. Christina and Justin spoke about the importance of content marketing despite the changing communication channels. Many businesses may have
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Chit Chat Series: Jenny Mitten

First thing’s first: to help our readers get to know you, tell us a bit about yourself and your career journey so far. What/where did you study? Did you always want to go into tourism and events marketing or is that something you fell into? I am currently the Director of Marketing at the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). Prior to joining MCB, I held management positions within the Major Events, Strategic
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Push to the bush

On the evening of Thursday 11th June 2020 YTN members and friends joined Madeleine Sawyer (from Caravan Industry Association of Australia) and Stacey Barnes (from Greater Hamilton Shire Council) for an insightful webinar discussing domestic travel, regional events, and the push and pull to increase the dispersal of locals throughout Victoria and Australia.  Guests were treated to excellent industry knowledge, experience and the goings-on in two important businesses aiming to increase
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Domestic Tourism post Covid19

Domestic tourism has sprung into the limelight in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the direct implications it has had on international travel in the medium term. However domestic tourism has always been a large, yet somewhat undervalued, part of the Australian tourism system. In 2019, overnight domestic tourism was responsible for $81B in visitor expenditure, significantly higher than international visitor spend of $45B (Tourism Research Australia, 2019). Domestic travellers are significantly more
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