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What happened on the Qantas flight to nowhere

After months of working almost nonstop during the coronavirus pandemic, doctor Fiona Downes says stepping on board Qantas' seven-hour round-trip to nowhere was "like being home again." A Qantas frequent flier, Downes spent unused points to treat herself to a Business Class ticket on board the Australian airline's scenic Great Southern Land flight. Read more here.
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Chit Chat Series: Connie Trathen

To help our readers get to know you, tell us a bit about yourself and your career journey so far.  I grew up in Geelong when it wasn’t cool, fled to Melbourne for 15 years in my 20’s and wised up and moved to the Bellarine (Portarlington) just over 10 years ago. Geelong is cool now, and it’s great having access to the city while living in a gorgeous
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Chit Chat Series: Grace Maynard

Let’s get to know a bit about you. What did you study at uni? What were some of your past roles before you joined VTIC?  Tourism was not my first career choice, my undergraduate degree is in Politics and European Studies with Honours in European Studies. I was working at State Parliament in Perth when I finished uni, and after a year I was ready to get out of Perth, so I moved to
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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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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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Links and Resources

Resources Regarding COVID-19 and the Tourism Industry- Official COVID 19 Government website- Victorian Tourism Industry Council website- Tourism Australia websiteWebinars- Australian Tourism Export Council: ATEC is running a series of weekly webinars for members covering the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic- Victorian Tourism Industry Council: VTIC supports the development of our members and all businesses in the tourism and events industry- Mind Insurance: We use the leading empirical science of Human Flourishing and
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