The Andrews Labor Government has given the green light to eco-tourism cruises around Wilsons Promontory National Park, offering locals and visitors a never-before-seen glimpse of one of Victoria’s great wildernesses.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren announced today that Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (PWJ) will operate three thirty-seat vessels from Tidal River, providing access to some of the most popular beaches on the Prom.
The new venture will bring more visitors to the region, create 30 full-time local jobs and generate up to $9.7 million for the local economy each year.
PWJ is an internationally recognised and multi-award winning ecotourism boat operator and is known for its environmentally-friendly practices.
An extensive community consultation process was undertaken by Parks Victoria, including independent expert advice, to ensure the natural environment and wildlife remain protected.
The PWJ experience will become a significant tourism drawcard for the region, attracting visitors from all over Victoria, Australia and overseas – creating more business for local traders.
That’s why the Labor Government will continue to back local tourism operators and those outside our borders who want to do business in Victoria.
PWJ are also in discussions with a private bus operator to run services between Melbourne and Wilsons Promontory.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren
“This new experience will open up Wilsons Promontory like never before – and it means more visitors and more local jobs.”
“Local business will also reap rewards, with extra tourists in the region spending their valuable tourism dollars on food, gifts and accommodation.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio
“Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is an award winning ecotourism operator that will ensure this exciting new service respects the beauty and ecological importance of the Prom.”
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“The cruises will provide a special opportunity to see a spectacular part of the Prom and explore even more of what this region has to offer.”