Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) have built a new industry partnership to support the tourism and business events sector, and its role in attracting national and international visitors to Victoria.
According to a press release, both are advocates for Victoria’s tourism and events industry. Together, this year they will collaborate on leadership and development opportunities for the sector.
Felicia Mariani, CEO of VTIC, welcomes the partnership with MCEC. “MCEC is a key player in the delivery of conferences and events and has a crucial role to play in attracting visitors to Victoria. We are pleased to partner with MCEC and look forward to working together to support the return and growth of events and tourism in our state,” Ms Mariani said.
Natalie O’Brien AM, recently appointed CEO of MCEC, believes the partnership with VTIC offers a great platform to share knowledge, experience and a strategic approach to supporting tourism and events.
“Business events make a huge contribution to the Australian tourism sector, sometimes overlooked. Nationally, business events contribute around $36 billion to Australia’s economy. Pre-pandemic, MCEC alone contributed more than $1 billion to the Victorian economy, and we’re well on our way to that same level of impact,” Ms O’Brien said.
“This partnership with VTIC ensures we can continue to promote the role of business events and help foster talent development and leadership in the broader tourism space.”
An important aspect of the partnership is MCEC’s support in delivering VTIC’s Vision Summit 2023. Vision Summit 2023 is to be held at MCEC on 2 March 2023.
The partnership also supports the sector by sharing knowledge and experience and developing skills and expertise to train our leaders of tomorrow.