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tourism and events

Eight exciting Victorian tourism projects receive State Government funding

The Victorian Government announced the first allocation of funding as part of the $10 million Enabling Tourism Fund to inject vital support into Victoria’s struggling visitor economy.

01 September 2021

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Victorian Chamber partners with State Government to support tourism sector

The Victorian Chamber is proud to partner with the State Government to progress a Wine and Craft Beverage project as part of a $1.9 million funding package to back the recovery of Victoria’s hard-hit visitor economy.

01 September 2021

member stories

The highs and lows of Melbourne Airport’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Not since September 11, 2001, has Melbourne Airport faced such capricious circumstances in which to operate. Lyell Strambi explains how the business is navigating the storm.

Fast Five

17 August 2021

regional business

Victorian Chamber proposal to get border businesses back on track

The Victorian Government’s further tightening of border controls with New South Wales has left border businesses reeling, with yet another strain placed on their operations.

Regional Victoria

05 August 2021

chief executive update

Chief Executive Update 30 June

Lockdown Four, and the COVID-19 situations around the country in Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Western Australia, have shown us that the pandemic is far from over.  

30 June 2021


Federal Government announces Disaster Recovery Payment for Victorians

The Federal Government has announced assistance for Victorian workers impacted by Lockdown Four with a disaster payment for those who have missed a week of work or more.

03 June 2021


Support for Victoria’s Tourism and Events industry must be a priority

On behalf of our members, the Victorian Chamber has made a submission to the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism and events sector.

23 April 2021

tourism and events

VIDEO: Victorian Chamber talks to stars of the AFLW

Victorian Chamber Chief Executive Paul Guerra met with three stars of the AFLW on Grand Final Eve to discuss what it takes to be the best in such a competitive environment.

20 April 2021


New grants available to business, some existing closing soon

Read here for the most up-to-date list of recently announced Government grants available to Victorian businesses, and existing grants still open for applications. Get in quick, some are closing soon.

23 February 2021


Victorian Chamber launches 28 February Valentine’s Day, #ValentinesDayDoOver, campaign

The Victorian Chamber has launched a campaign for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day – properly –two weeks later, on 28 February to provide a much-needed boost for hospitality venues and florists blindsided by the sudden circuit breaker lockdown.

15 February 2021


Australian Open the beacon of light for the future of Melbourne events

There has been a lot of commentary around this week about the Australian Open 2021 proceeding and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry would like to voice our support.

15 January 2021


Going places: Budget injection is great news for visitor economy

The Victorian Chamber welcomes today’s announcement of the $465 million Victorian Tourism Recovery Package in the 2020-21 State Budget. Today’s announcement aligns with our State Budget submission which sought certainty for the tourism industry.

18 November 2020


Fast Five: Reimagining the industry after an unexpected turn of events

As the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the events industry to a standstill, Melbourne Convention Bureau CEO Julia Swanson explains what is needed to put Melbourne back on center-stage.

Fast Five

05 October 2020

health safety and wellbeing

Fast Five: Peter King explains why empathy is vital during COVID-19

From record breaking revenue to closing doors six months later, the MCEC’s Chief Executive reveals why “it is unlikely that we will return to business as we once knew it”.

Fast Five

07 September 2020