The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) today welcomes the State Government’s decision to allow Australian tourism operator Pennicott Wilderness Journeys to operate wilderness cruises around Wilsons Promontory National Park.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer said he is pleased to see government support for this nature-based tourism project, following strong advocacy by VTIC.
“We are pleased to see the State Government’s support for this venture, which aligns with some of our key priority areas – increased visitor spending in regional Victoria, and investing in tourism assets across the state,” he said.
“With other parts of Gippsland impacted by job losses, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ project is a great example of what investment in tourism can do for regional communities – more new jobs, more new visitors, all of which will attract more money into the local economy,” Mr Ostermeyer said.
The project, which will establish an operation of three eco-boat cruises from Tidal River, 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 in the Gippsland region.
“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,” Mr Ostermeyer said.
“The State Government’s approval of this proposal is a positive development for the visitor economy and a step towards more sustainable nature-based tourism in Victoria, and VTIC will continue to advocate for vital projects such as this.”
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.