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Accessible Tourism now a regional category

10 May 2023

In 2018, Victoria was one of the first states to add the Excellence in Accessible Tourism category to the Tourism Awards program. Until last year, this category was only run at the state level.

VTIC is excited to announce that this category has been elevated to the national level, meaning state winners will automatically progress to compete in the Australian Tourism Awards against other States/Territories.

There is one big difference with this category though… it’s a lot easier to enter! See the details below.


This award recognises businesses that provide a product, experience or service that goes above and beyond to accommodate and cater for people with specific needs e.g., hearing impairment, low vision, limited mobility, wheelchair/scooter needs or cognitive.

Prerequisite to enter

Entrants need to meet the standard of at least one of the five modules of the Quality Tourism Framework Accessible Tourism program. This involves an online pre-assessment (done once the business has nominated) to identify whether they meet at least one of the following modules:

What’s involved in the submission?

Businesses that choose to only enter this category will have to complete 5 questions as part of their submission – maximum 4,000 words.

Those entering another category* and wishing to also enter the Excellence in Accessible Tourism category, will have the option to import 4 out of the 5 questions from the other submission. Therefore, you’d only need to answer one additional question to enter the Accessible Tourism category. The maximum word count of 4,000 still apply in this case.

Note: We do encourage all entrants to tailor their answers though to fit with the criteria and word count of this category, but there’s no doubt that this process makes it a lot easier for businesses to enter.

*Excludes categories 03, 04, 14, 27, 28. Businesses entering one of these categories will have to complete the full submission.

Nominations closing soon

Only two more weeks until nominations for the 2023 Victorian Tourism Awards close. Don’t miss out! The nomination process will only take you 5 minutes.

Key Dates

Nominations close: Monday 22 May 2023

Submissions due: Monday 28 August 2023

Winners announced at the Gala Ceremony on Thursday, 30 November 2023

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