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MORNINGTON PENINSULA DESTINATIONS NAMED AS TOP DESTINATIONS IN TRIVAGO'S 2015 REPUTATION RANKING

Based on more than 200 million traveller ratings, trivago.com.au has revealed its 2015 Australian Reputation Ranking for the country's favourite destinations and hotels.

Five Mornington Peninsula destinations (Dromana, Rye, Sorrento, Mornington and Frankston) feature among Victoria’s top list for online hotel reputation. Hotels in Dromana are rated an average of 86.56, placing it in the Victorian top 30 list in 3rd place ahead of Warburton and behind Beechworth. Dromana also made the national list, ranking 13th in the country.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort was named the best rated accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula with an average user rating of 90.04. The hotel also features in the state list, ranking 29th in Victoria. Bay Motel Safety Beach follows with a rating of 88.06 and Hotel Sorrento is placed 3rd with an 85.79 average rating. 

The top ten list from the Mornington Peninsula is:

Congratulations!

Click HERE to see the full results and read more about the Trivago Reputation Ranking.

Friday, 13 November 2015
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VICTORIAN TOURISM AWARDS GALA CEREMONY

The Victorian Tourism Awards will be announced at the industry’s ‘night of nights’ on Monday 16th November. Around 1000 industry stakeholders from across the state will gather to celebrate, network and share the success of their industry, peers and colleague at the annual Gala Ceremony.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism wishes the following Mornington Peninsula entrants all the very best in their categories:
  • The Peninsula Picnic
  • Peninsula Hot Springs
  • McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery
  • Horseback Winery Tours
  • Enchanted Adventure Garden and Tree Surfing
  • Extreme Watersport
  • Wine Food Farmgate
  • Stillwater at Crittenden
  • Polperro Winery
  • Harmony Bed & Breakfast
  • Happy Glamper
  • Aquabelle Apartments
  • Green Olive at Red Hill
  • Searoad Ferries
Friday, 13 November 2015
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THAT'S A WRAP! DESTINATION PROMOTION VIDEO

As many industry partners know we are working on delivering a brand new promotional video for Mornington Peninsula as part of the destination campaign Find Your Way. Well, this weekend we wrapped the filming for our video. We are currently keeping imagery a bit of a secret due to the shoot being conducted on a closed set, but we can tell you that the region certainly did shine over the three days of filming and we managed to capture the many different sides of the Mornington Peninsula including the different weather patterns!

While we can't directly name names at this stage, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank the businesses, volunteers and locations who helped us over the past few days/weeks in the 'making of' this video. We had some very early mornings with some late nights and tricky logistics in some areas, but we can certainly say that our industry partners absolutely demonstrated the reason why we have one of the best tourism regions ever!  Our cast and crew were blown away by the welcoming generosity at every location. So, thank you!

STAY TUNED!

We can't wait to share the finished result with you… 
All will be revealed at the end of year Annual Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Industry Update to be held on Tuesday 1st December, 5pm.
"Save the date"

More details will be coming soon...

Tuesday, 27 October 2015
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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2015 MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL TOURISM LEGENDS AWARD

Nominations for the 2015 Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Legends Awards are now open.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism introduced the Legends Award in 2014 to recognize outstanding contribution by an individual to the Mornington Peninsula Tourism Industry.

Nominations for the 2015 Award must be received prior to 5pm on Friday 13th November and will be accepted from any party except the nominee.

The recipient will be acknowledged at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism industry update on December 1st 2015.

Please click here to view the nomination criteria.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015
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THE BATHS SORRENTO

Our thoughts are with James, Helene and staff of The Baths Sorrento after the devastating fire at the restaurant on Sunday 18th October. We understand that they are in discussions with the Mornington Peninsula Shire and businesses who can provide a relatable perspective to determine what can be done as they work through the processes of re-building their business. However long the process takes, Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism will support The Baths as they recover.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015
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APPLICATIONS FOR THE COUNTRY VICTORIA EVENTS PROGRAM ARE NOW OPEN

Tourism Victoria is now accepting applications for the Country Victoria Events Program (CVEP) funding.  The closing date for applications is 1 November 2015.

Tourism Victoria recognises that there are many minor events being held in regional areas that can develop into key regional events.  As part of Tourism Victoria’s Events Program, the Country Victoria Events Program (CVEP) assists with this development.
 
Tourism Victoria provides resources and advice to assist in the facilitation and enhancement of regional events. This program focuses on events that are able to attract, or are likely to attract in the near future, a number of intrastate and interstate visitors. For each single allocation, up to $10,000 (excluding GST) may be provided for event delivery and marketing.

Applicants must be a registered business, incorporated body or local government organisation in regional Victoria.

Please click the links below for further information on eligibility and how to apply.


·         Tourism Victoria Country Events Program Guidelines

·         Program criteria and application form

Tuesday, 13 October 2015
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THE TOURISM E KIT IS MOVING TO A NEW HOME

The award-winning training resource, the Tourism e kit, is moving to a new home!

The Tourism e kit is currently being transitioned from the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW) to a digital coaching specialist company, Digital Coaching International.

Digital Coaching International Pty Ltd has been set up by digital marketing experts Liz Ward (former CEO of ATDW) and Fabienne Wintle who have made it their mission to make it simple for small and medium sized Australian tourism businesses to reap the rewards of web technology.

On July 1st, DCI is launching TourismTribe.com, an online community created to support and up-skill Tourism operators who want to make the most of web technology to grow their businesses.

According to Liz, becoming a Tribe Member will give you added value by not only giving you access to the updated Tourism e kit tutorials, but will also connect you to a Live Chat Hotline and friendly support forums to fast track your digital marketing.

Your business will benefit, as your subscription will ensure that you are kept up to date with critical tourism web marketing changes so that your online presence can be enhanced and is not negatively impacted. For instance, Tourism Tribe will keep you informed and provide practical advice on the steps to take to avoid losing search engine rankings when Google makes changes to its search algorithms.

Although the Tourism e kit has previously been available at no cost, DCI will need to make the e kit financially sustainable by charging a nominal fee.

Monthly subscription to the Tribe with all the bells and whistles will cost $10.95 per month or $99.00 per annum ($110.00 thereafter) (GST inclusive).

If you are an existing Tourism e kit member, Digital Coaching International is offering a special sign-up offer for a limited time only. Please contact Digital Coaching International on +61 (0)7 3103 7994 for further details.

Friday, 12 June 2015
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Yabby Lake: Cellar Door renovations / temporary closure

Please be aware that Yabby Lake Vineyard will be closing their cellar door and café for approximately 3-4 weeks from the 9th of June for some renovations.

Their re-opening date is not yet confirmed (stay tuned to their website) however they will monitor calls and emails so please feel free to contact them if you need to.

Yabby Lake apologises for any inconvenience caused and they look forward to welcoming you to their newly refreshed cellar door!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015
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NEW! Searoad Ferries Onboard VIP Experience

Travellers on Searoad Ferries can now enchance their onboard experience by upgrading to the exclusive P.O.S.H @ The Portsea Lounge.

Relax and enjoy the views from inside the beautiful Portsea Lounge.  Every Friday and Saturday 12pm onwards the private lounge upgrade to the P.O.S.H VIP Experience offers a full bar service. Enjoy a glass of award winning wine, locally made ale or cider. Order the ‘Tasting Plate’ prepared using produce sourced from both the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas. Cross the Bay in style with a P.O.S.H VIP Experience.

P.O.S.H VIP Experience - $10 (one way)

  • Access to exclusive lounge and bar
  • Complimentary beverage on arrival* – glass of regional wine, beer, cider, basic spirits, soft drink or tea or coffee

 Add a P.O.S.H VIP Experience when you purchase a ferry ticket online or at the ferry terminal.

P.O.S.H VIP Experience with Platter – $30 (one way)

  • Access to exclusive lounge and bar
  • Complimentary beverage on arrival*  - glass of regional wine, beer, cider, basic spirits, soft drink or tea or coffee
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
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Mornington Peninsula celebrates its Qantas Australian Tourism award winners

The Mornington Peninsula region had great success at the 2014 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards on Friday 10th of April, with 5 tourism businesses winning top awards.  The event recognises not only the efforts of individual operators but also the collaborative efforts of the Australian tourism industry.
Monday, 13 April 2015
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