Category: Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events

World To Marvel At Melbourne’s Massive UFC Coup

The world’s biggest combat sport will rock Melbourne this October with UFC 243: Whittaker vs Adesanya set to pack Marvel Stadium, home of the largest crowd in UFC history. Acting Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Jaclyn Symes welcomed the return of UFC to Marvel Stadium for the first time since the UFC 193 […]

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Roaring Success: Melbourne Secures Grand Prix Extension

Melbourne will host the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix until at least 2025 after F1 executives moved to lock in a two-year option on the iconic Albert Park circuit. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today revealed the Melbourne spectacular would remain a pillar of the Victorian sports calendar until at least […]

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A New Way Forward For Tourism In Regional Victoria

Victoria’s regional communities are invited to have their say on the future of tourism across the state following the release of the Regional Tourism Review Discussion Paper. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula and Review Special Adviser and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today also confirmed details of an extended consultation stage. […]

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New Milestone For Booming Victorian Tourism

The value of Victoria’s burgeoning visitor economy has soared to $30 billion, cementing tourism as a key driver of the state’s economy and a jobs powerhouse. The Andrews Labor Government today confirmed the milestone, which shows major growth in international and domestic visitors who choose to spend their time and tourism dollars in Victoria. According […]

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Extended Shed Now Our Global Events Powerhouse

The massive expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has helped deliver $1.1 billion to the Victorian economy, attracting marquee international and national events to the banks of the Yarra. Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula visited MCEC today to mark one year since the completion of the Andrews Labor […]

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From Regional Victoria To The World – Via Albert Park

Postcodes mean little when it comes to chasing sporting dreams in Victoria, as 41 junior stars discovered during a special session at the Victorian Institute of Sport today. Regional athletes continue to punch above their weight, with one in four VIS scholarship holders hailing from beyond the metropolitan area. The Andrews Labor Government backs equal […]

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Victorian Sport On Board With Gender Equality

Peak sports bodies have delivered a huge step forward for equality, changing the gender composition of their boards to meet Andrews Labor Government minimum requirements. A little over two years ago, just 44 per cent of Victorian sports had 40 per cent female representation on their board. Today, that figure has increased to 93 per […]

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2020 Cadel Evans Women’s Road Race Breaks New Ground

In a major step towards levelling the playing field in Victoria, the 2020 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race series will for the first time offer equal prizemoney for elite women and men. The Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race will also become the first race in the Southern Hemisphere to be sanctioned by the […]

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Bendigo Ready To Rumble For Horn Mega Bout

Big-time boxing is coming to Bendigo with superstar Jeff Horn and world-rated Victorian Michael Zerafa to battle it out at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday, 31 August. The fight was secured with support from the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Events Fund and is expected to draw fans from around the country to the newly-refurbished […]

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International Visitors Flock To Victoria’s Regions

Victorian tourism is breaking records, bolstered by unprecedented growth in international visitors drawn to country and regional areas. Tourism Research Australia today reported that in the year to March, Victoria welcomed 3.1 million international tourists – up 5 per cent on the previous year – who spent $8.5 billion, up 7.6 per cent. The rise […]

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