Regional Tourism Conference 2015

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Regional Tourism Conference – Talking Tourism

On 24 June, 2015, over 100 people from tourism businesses and organisations across the region came together for the inaugural regional tourism conference – Talking Tourism.

 The conference was held in the beautiful surroundings of Bromley & Co’s events space and gallery in East Street, Daylesford and provided an opportunity for the region’s tourism industry to come together for a full day of networking, professional development and inspiration.

The 2016 DMR Tourism Conference will be held in May.  Full details will be announced in March 2016.

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Download and explore 2015 conference materials below

Download 2015 Full Program
Download Judith Isherwoods Presentation
Download Di Smiths VTIC Presentation
“Thanks for a fantastic inspiring day … one word for you and team = AWESOME!”
“Congratulations on a brilliant conference: great fun as well as immensely valuable!”
“Really enjoyed the event and look forward to many more in the future.”
“Thanks for yesterday, it was a fantastic event and very inspirational speakers. It was excellent to meet so many local business operators and network! I now feel like I am really ‘in the region’”

2015 Speakers

Mr Andrew Dwyer

Chairman Tourism Victoria Board

Andrew was appointed to the Tourism Victoria Board in 2013.  He has vast experience in the tourism, culinary and media industries. He is currently the Managing Director, Diamantina Touring Company, one of Australia’s leading outback adventure companies. Previously, he was a producer / presenter for a number of media and advertising companies focused on travel.  Andrew is a member of the Alpine Advisory Committee and is a former Board Member of the Victorian Tourism Commission, the founding Chairman of the Victorian Tourism Operators Association (now the Victoria Tourism Industry Council) and was a member of the Forest Policy Planning Advisory Board.

Making the Impossible, Possible

In just 10 short years, the Abbotsford Convent has become fantastic success story.  It is unique in Australia – an award-winning destination that is both an arts and cultural precinct and a multi-faceted community. Its success is the result of vision, commitment and sheer hard work. In 2014, the Abbotsford Convent’s CEO Maggie Maguire was awarded City of Yarra’s inaugural Inspirational Women of Yarra Award.  Listen to Maggie share her experience and passion for Making the Impossible, Possible.

Maggie Maguireabborsford convent logo

CEO Abbotsford Convent

Maggie Maguire often introduces herself as the Mother Inferior…..
She has worked as the General Manager of Moomba, operated an arts and cultural business, owned a restaurant, worked in London and directed a few theatre shows. She’s been working in the arts for a long time. When she first started at the Convent there were not many team members, so she helped with everything from looking after the brides to washing the tea towels. Her role has morphed over the years and she is now mainly focused on money, planning and partnerships but she still washes the tea towels (and the tablecloths)!

Creating Happy Customers

Meeting customers’ expectations is the key to success for many businesses, and none more so than tourism businesses.  But exceeding customers’ expectations takes a good experience to a great experience.  Andrew brings a wealth of experience to help us appreciate the importance of happy customers.

Andrew Gardiner

Executive – Customer, Melbourne Airport

Andrew is a retail industry expert with over 35 years’ experience in Australia and abroad. He has spent seven years in the travel retail business, as Managing Director at DFS Galleria Australia, General Manager of Retail at Sydney Airport and now Executive – Customer at Melbourne Airport. Andrew is a past Chairman of the Australian Duty Free Association and has recently been elected to the Board of the Asia Pacific Travel Retail Association.


The Journey

A recent report on the Creative Industries in Rural Victoria shows that the Daylesford & Macedon Ranges region leads the State for the highest proportion of creative businesses, jobs and creative workers.  It’s an important part of our region’s visitor economy.  David Bromley is one our most recent artists to call this area home.  Hear him speak about his journey.

David Bromley


Artist and owner – Bromley&Co.

David Bromley is amongst the most successful and innovative painters currently working in Australia.
Displaying an extraordinary artistic energy he has experimented with a wide variety of different media – printmaking, ceramic, sculpture and, recently, film, furniture, fashion and interiors.

David and his wife Yuge Bromley have created 2 new destinations in Daylesford, in Vincent Street and East St, that are a distinctive fusion of art gallery, fashion boutique and homewares.


The value of Destination Management Planning

DMR Tourism is continuing its efforts to develop a comprehensive Destination Management Plan for the region.  At its heart, Destination Management Planning is about aligning and streamlining the efforts of all stakeholders in the region to achieve a viable and sustainable visitor economy.  Judith will be provide information on progress date and plans for the future.

Judith Isherwood

GM – DMR Tourism

Judith has been the General Manager of DMR Tourism since the beginning of 2014. Judith’s background is as a respected and experienced leader in the creative industries with a career spanning more than 30 years in Australia and overseas. During this time, she has held a variety of leadership roles with major performing arts centres, State government, major arts festivals and community organisations. Having made a tree change to Daylesford in late 2013, she is committed to making this vibrant region a must-visit destination.



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