Northern Victorian tourism businesses have been recognised for their contribution to making Victoria’s tourism industry the envy of the nation.

Today, Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, congratulated the four local winners on their achievements. The awards are a fitting tribute to the region’s commitment to giving visitors an unforgettable taste of Victoria.

The winners are:

  • Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek – Business Event Venue
  • Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek – Qantas award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
  • Pizzini Wines Cellar Door, Whitfield – Tourism, Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries.
  • Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway – Deluxe Accommodation
  • Y Water Discovery Centre, Yea – New Tourism Business

“Tourism contributes $21 billion to the State’s economy and generates jobs for 206,000 Victorians, but the industry is only so healthy because our wineries, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions work hard to sell everything our State has to offer,” Ms Symes said.

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to give our tourism operators and small businesses the support they need to grow.

The Labor Government recently unveiled Visit Victoria, the State’s new entity charged with growing the important industry, and has committed an additional $80 million towards the State’s events war chest.

The Labor Government will invest $3 million in the most ambitious regional marketing campaign in our State’s history, while Brand Victoria will help sell our strengths as Victoria competes for trade and investment, tourism, major events and international students.

“Our tourism operators in country Victoria play a very important role in attracting visitors from all over the nation and the world to our local community,” Ms Symes said.

“These awards are a fitting recognition of the hard work and commitment our hard-working businesses display promoting not only country Victoria, but our great State.

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to giving the industry the support and resources it needs to grow.”