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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, 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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End of Fire Danger Period - Monday 23 March 2015

The Declared Fire Danger Period for the Mornington Peninsula Shire will end on Monday 23 March 2015 at 0100 hours.

From this time onwards, all residents should refer to the General Purposes Local Law (Part 7 – Open Air Burning) for rules and restrictions relating to burning off.

Notice of the termination of fire restrictions will also be given in local papers, on the Mornington Peninsula Shire website Fire and Emergency Management page (as of Monday) and by Government Gazette.

Friday, 20 March 2015
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NEW! Searoad Ferries

Sunset Sailings this Summer

Searoad Ferries is introducing a NEW product this summer - Sunset Sailings - cruising the Mornington Peninsula coastline at the most magical time of the day. ...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014
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Important News From Tourism Victoria

Tourism Victoria would like to notify operators about a letter and invoice that is currently circulating in Victoria.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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Arthurs Seat Skylight

Plans for the new gondola chairlift at Arthurs Seat have been approved at the June 1st MP Shire Council meeting.

The multimillion-dollar "skylift" will follow the same route as the original chairlift, which closed down several years ago. But the top-most station of the new lifts would be closer to the summit.

The ride will operate seven days a week and the trip will take about 40 minutes. The gondolas will be able to seat between six and eight people and can even accommodate a wheel chair.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014
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Entries for the 2014 Hinterland Scarecrow Festival are now open

Entries for the 2014 Hinterland Scarecrow Festival are now open!

Taking place during the September school holidays, the festival is designed to take visitors, families and locals on an eclectic tour of our gorgeous hinterland region.

Friday, 1 August 2014
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Residential Burglaries of Holiday Rental Properties

Local police constantly monitor current crime trends and identify areas that are experiencing higher than usual criminal activity. It has been identified that the Southern Peninsula is currently experiencing an increase in the crime of residential burglary.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014
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