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Labor Government Creates A New Regional Tourism Board

21 July 2015

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with ensuring Victoria remains number one for tourism by creating a new Regional Tourism Board.

Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine will become Victoria’s 11th Regional Tourism Board, after the Labor Government committed $275,000 in funding to help the organisation increase local tourism and visitation.

By showcasing the region and attracting people from across Victoria and further afield, Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine will grow the local economy – and that means jobs.

Regional Tourism Boards work with the Victorian Government, industry and local councils to develop tourism in their regions.

Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine is already working hard to attract more visitors, and the Labor Government’s investment will create more opportunities to market the region and showcase its natural strengths.

The organisation covers the area from Werribee to Barwon Heads, and includes Bannockburn, Geelong and Portarlington.

The Labor Government is committed to ensuring Greater Geelong and the Bellarine maintains its status as a renowned tourism hot spot.

The Government recently secured the future of Jetstar at Avalon Airport, saving jobs and boosting tourism, and is transforming Geelong’s Simonds Stadium into a world-class arena capable of staging the biggest and best events.

This will bring more events like the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Rip Curl Pro, which attracts visitors from all over the world and puts the region on the map.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren

“We promised to take action to grow the region’s tourism stocks and we’re getting on with it. Regional Victoria is a key part of our plan.”

“We want to give Greater Geelong and the Bellarine’s tourism operators every opportunity to welcome more visitors, and for longer. It means more jobs and growth for local communities.”

“Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine is already doing great work promoting local tourism, and Labor’s investment will support the organisation to do even more for the region.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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