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Ken Hore Tourism Mentoring Program

Applications NOW open

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 OPEN


Applications close Friday 20th August 2021 at 9.00am.

Read the guidelines and fill out the application form.

Or fill out the application form online here.

For more information contact:

Pauleen Boulton - Tourism Development Co-ordinator
Destination Phillip Island
M: 0466 620 856
E: [email protected]

or Makayla Rimington - Visitor Economy Industry Executive
Destination Gippsland
M: 0417 445 877
E: [email protected]

or Jenni McMillan - Visitor Economy and Events Officer
Bass Coast Shire Council
M: 0419 157 980
E: [email protected]





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 professionals 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:

Arnika Martin
Ellie Priestly
Michelle Rogers
Pauleen Boulton
Phoebe Honey
Kim Kleinitz
Sascha Johns

The 2015/16 graduates were

Nina Barry- Macaulay
Samantha Holcombe
Mikala Peters
Kelsey Mc Fadzean
Laura Mc Cowatt

The 2016-17 graduates were

Bregje Van Watershcoot
Nicholas Matolytsch
Kelly McCarthy
Kellie Panayioutou
Lydia Tesch
Kylie Pattison



The 20117-18 graduates were

Nick Stephens
Jaci Hicken
Jie Liu
Cageon Loy
Dena Waters

The 2018/19 graduates were

Meghan Bye
Melissa Moseley
Lucinda Cousens
Caron Bordonaro
Kellie Willis

The 2019/20 graduates were

Isabelle Langhoff
Taylah Fox
Louise Matthews
Elizabeth Wharton
Lynette McGowan
Lucy Dewhurst
Andrew Bowring
Nicole Harman

Congratulations to the 2020/21 Participants

Anne Roussac
Lee Atkinson
Letitia Hessels
Makayla Rimington
Sophie Winters