The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) fully supports leading Australian tourism operator Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ proposal to operate wilderness cruises at Wilsons Promontory, as it will boost visitation and create much needed jobs in the Gippsland region.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer said the $3.5 million project, which is for the operation of three eco-boat cruises from Tidal River, is a positive development for the visitor economy and a valuable avenue to fostering sustainable nature-based tourism.
“The sensitive and high quality nature of the project fits exceptionally well with Victoria’s Tourism 2020 objectives of improving the positioning of Victoria as an outstanding nature-based destination, both within Australia and overseas,” he said.
Mr Ostermeyer said the project, which is expected to generate $9.7 million in economic benefit per annum in the local community and create up to 30 new full-time equivalent jobs over five years, will greatly benefit the Gippsland region.
“The Gippsland region is reeling as a result of the impending Hazelwood power station closure and VTIC believes this project would provide some good economic news for the region and create jobs that are desperately needed,” he said.
Parks Victoria is currently undertaking community consultation on the proposal and VTIC encourages the wider community to contribute and show their support.
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change will ultimately decide on the proposal and VTIC looks forward to a favourable outcome.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is an internationally recognised and multi-award winning ecotourism boat operator based in Tasmania, with over 18 years of experience operating at Bruny Island, Port Arthur and Hobart.
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The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is the peak body for Victoria’s tourism and events industry, providing one united industry voice.
Tourism and events are growth industries for Victoria and contribute more than $20 billion to the state economy each year and employ more than 200,000 people.