Warrnambool hosts visitor information conference

Warrnambool is currently hosting the state Visitor Information Services Summit attracting around 100 delegates from across Victoria. The summit was last held in Warrnambool in 2010.

Delivered annually by the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) in partnership with a host region the summit is the key professional development event for visitor information services staff.

The conference venue is the Warrnambool Racing Club which underwent a $5 million refurbishment earlier this year.

“Visitor information services are critical to Victoria’s visitor economy and our recovery, playing a key role in encouraging visitors to stay longer, explore further and experience more,” VTIC CEO Felicia Mariani said.

“By bringing the state’s Visitor Information Services professionals together we are ensuring a well-connected and informed network, ready to welcome visitors with open arms once again.”

Warrnambool Mayor Richard Ziegeler welcomed delegates to the city at a special function at Fletcher Jones Gardens, with a sneak peek at the classic car collection at the yet-to-open Warrnambool Motor Museum.

“We know how important tourism is to Warrnambool’s economy and bringing tourism industry representatives to the city provides a great opportunity for delegates to share insights into the post-COVID recovery of the tourism sector,” he said.

“It also provides us with an opportunity to showcase Warrnambool’s appeal and how we fit into the Great Ocean Road and the South Western Victoria’s tourism offering generally.”

The first day of the conference was dedicated to study tours showcasing the region’s tourism attractions including Tower Hill, Deep Blue Hot Springs and an excursion to Budj Bim and Port Fairy, while the Pavilion Café and Bar will host the Gala Dinner, highlighting the region’s fresh produce.