Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria has won the Major Tourist Attractions category at the Victorian Tourism Awards, held yesterday by the Victorian Tourism Industry Council (VTIC).
The judges selected Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria from many outstanding competitors based on its achievements in areas of tourism, business planning, marketing, customer service and sustainability.
“This award is recognition that our Cranbourne and Melbourne Gardens are not only places for contemplation, learning and science, but one of the world’s great tourist destinations,” said Tim Entwisle, Director and Chief Executive. “As someone said to us at the awards night ‘Of course you should win, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is the future of tourism in Victoria’. I agree!’
“And there is more to come. We have big events planned for both Gardens, including a first for Australia, Lightscape. This illuminated light trail builds on the success of Fire Gardens and offers yet another incentive for Victorians and tourists from around the world to visit Melbourne and to experience our beautiful Melbourne Gardens. It will bring more people to Victoria in winter and provide a new night-time attraction. Tickets go on sale at midday today.”
With Gardens in both Melbourne and Cranbourne, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) offers a strong program of visitor experiences including guided walks, nature education, Indigenous led walks, mini-bus tours, picnic packages, retail, food and beverage and arts and cultural experiences. Both Gardens attract interstate and overseas visitors, with over 2.3 million people visiting both Gardens combined last year.
The future of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria continues to get brighter. The organisation is committed to creating a welcoming gateway to nature in Victoria with the proposed development of a Nature and Science Precinct: an attractor for tourism and a place where visitors can engage in lifelong learning. The precinct responds to evidence highlighting the link between increased connection with nature and improved physical and mental wellbeing.