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Ken Hore Tourism Mentoring Program

The Ken Hore Tourism Mentoring Program honours the contribution made by the late Ken Hore to the Gippsland and Phillip Island tourism industry. It does so by providing an annual career development opportunity to young tourism professionals or new entrants in the Gippsland and Phillip Island Tourism Industry.

Ken had been instrumental in developing strategic partnerships throughout his tourism career and fostered the development of tourism in Gippsland through his work with Bass Coast Shire Council, Destination Phillip Island and Destination Gippsland.

Honouring Ken’s legacy, the program sets out to promote skills and excellence among young people and new entrants into the tourism industry as well as extending tourism networks and providing a broader understanding of the industry. The program has provided mentorship for thirty-two participants over the past six years.

The Mentoring Program seeks to:

  • Provide an opportunity for young achievers and new entrants to grow professionally.
  • Provide an opportunity for young achievers and new entrants to share their experience with their peers and the industry on completion; and
  • Support recipients to be ambassadors for the Gippsland and Phillip Island tourism industry

The Mentoring Program will provide the successful recipient with 12 months of mentoring support and opportunities that include:

  • Complimentary tickets to the respective Gippsland Tourism Forums and the Phillip Island Tourism Conference
  • Complimentary ticket to any industry development workshops provided by Destination Gippsland, Destination Phillip Island and Bass Coast Shire Council
  • There are 3 Workshop days one held on Phillip Island, one held in Gippsland, and one held in Melbourne at Visit Victoria and VTIC (Victorian Tourism Industry Council)
  • Six once a month mentoring session with an assigned leader in the Gippsland or Phillip Island tourism industry
  • Opportunities to directly learn and experience their area of special interest in the tourism industry (this could include appointments with business owners/managers, behind the scenes tours, hands-on experience, meetings with peak industry bodies)

Successful applicant/s will be selected by a panel made up of Destination Gippsland, Destination Phillip Island and Bass Coast Shire Council representatives.

Applications are currently closed.




About Ken Hore

Ken Hore had a long association with members throughout the Gippsland and Phillip Island tourism industry. He encouraged their business and personal development with his generous support and commitment to others. Ken offered a guiding hand to many of the industrys newest recruits. Ken Hore accepting his awardIn 2011 at the Victorian Tourism Awards, he received the award for

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Acknowledgement of his tourism career, of which include:

• Founding role as CEO of Country Victoria Tourism Council

• Chair of Sydney Melbourne Touring

• Deputy Chair of Destination Phillip Island

• Director of Yarra Valley Country Club

• Board Director of Destination Gippsland

A tribute to illustrate Ken’s journey in tourism by Paul Cooper

History of program

The purpose of the Ken Hore Tourism Mentoring Program (known as the ‘Mentoring Program) is to honour the contribution made by Ken Hore to the Gippsland and Phillip Island tourism industry. It will do so by providing an annual career development opportunity to young tourism professional in Gippsland and Phillip Island.

Specifically it will: Promote skills and excellence among young people and new entrants into the tourism industry; Contribute to the continued development and growth of tourism in Gippsland and Phillip Island; and Perpetuate the memory, skills and contribution of Ken Hore.

The Mentoring Program will provide 12 months of mentoring support and opportunities to the successful recipients.

The 2014/15 graduates were:
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Arnika Martin, Ellie Priestly, Michelle Rogers, Pauleen Boulton, Phoebe Honey, Kim Kleinitz, Sascha Johns

The 2015/16 graduates were;
KHTMP 2016

From Left to Right – Meeting at VTIC with Di Hore April 2016

Nina Barry- Macaulay – RACV Inverloch

Samantha Holcombe – The Cape Kitchen

Mikala Peters – Wildlife Coast Cruises

Di Hore – Ken’s wife

Kelsey Mc Fadzean – Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Laura Mc Cowatt – Maru Koala & Animal Park

Kim Storey – Destination Phillip Island General Manager (program sponsor)


2016-17 Participants with Program Sponsors
ken hore tourism mentoring program 16-17


Left to right –

Kim Storey Destination Phillip Island (Program Sponsor)

Bregje Van Watershcoot – Ramada Resort Phillip Island

Nicholas Matolytsch – East Gippsland Marketing Inc

Kelly McCarthy – Gippsland Solar

Teresa Mahood -Bass Coast Shire Council, Terry Robinson -Destination Gippsland (Program Sponsors)

Kellie Panayioutou – Latrobe Visitor Information Centre

Lydia Tesch – A Maze’N Things

Kylie Pattison – South Gippsland Shire Council

Janine Hayes -Destination Gippsland (program sponsor)

Congratulations to the 2017/2018 Participants.

Nick Stephens – Phillip Island Designated Driver
Jaci Hicken – Jacican Food Studio
Jie Liu – La Trobe City Council
Cageon Loy – Bass Coast Shire Council
Dena Waters- South Gippsland Shire Council

Congratulations to the 2018/19 Participants

Meghan Bye Latrobe City Visitor Information Centre
Melissa Moseley Baw Baw Shire Council
Lucinda Cousens Bass Coast Shire Council
Caron Bordonaro South Gippsland Shire Council
Kellie Willis Wellington Regional Tourism

Congratulations to the 2019/20 Participants

Isabelle Langhoff Beach HQ
Taylah Fox A Maze’ N Things
Louise Matthews South Gippsland Shire Council
Elizabeth Wharton Seabrite Adventures
Lynette McGowan Central Gippsland VIC – Wellington Shire
Lucy Dewhurst Phillip Island Nature Parks
Andrew Bowring Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
Nicole Harman Harman Wines