• Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC)
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Early announcements positive for Victoria’s Visitor Economy

01 /05/ 2017 Comments are Closed

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) welcomes announcements for tourism, events and transport infrastructure in the lead up to tomorrow’s State Budget.

The past week has seen the Victorian Government commit funding to:

  • The completion of Stage 3 of the Melbourne Park redevelopment, ensuring that Melbourne will continue to host the Australian Open until 2036
  • The commencement of planning for a rail link to Melbourne Airport from the CBD
  • Upgrades to all regional rail lines
  • Continued support of the National Gallery of Victoria for improving permanent exhibitions, ongoing maintenance works, and the continuation of the NGV Summer program
  • The planning and design of Stage 5 of the redevelopment of Kardinia Park in Geelong.

Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer said; “These announcements cement Victoria’s reputation as the leading state in Australia to host sporting and cultural events. It is important that we keep major hallmark events such as the Australian Open, and make the most of cultural assets like the NGV by developing local programs and events around world-class exhibitions.”

“One of VTIC’s policy priorities is for improvements to visitor access and mobility around the state. Improving connectivity between Melbourne and regional destinations is essential to boost visitation across regional Victoria.”

“The tourism and events industry is also looking for marketing support that will help drive visitors to Victoria and encourage them to stay longer. We hope to see substantial funding for Visit Victoria in tomorrow’s state budget”.

As well as funds for interstate and intrastate marketing campaigns, VTIC is calling for ongoing funding for regional events, business events, and tourism infrastructure development, including the Shipwreck Coast Masterplan and upgrades to Puffing Billy infrastructure and visitor facilities.


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The peak body for Victoria's tourism and events industry, VTIC represents key industry associations and operators, with over 2,000 members.



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