The Victoria Tourism Industry Council welcomes today’s announcement by Greater Shepparton City Council for its collaborative bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer said the innovative partnership across regional councils would boost regional Victoria’s economy and promote it on the international stage.
“Victoria is one of Australia’s smallest states, which makes it possible for our regional areas to combine and hold the event. It’s a smart concept because it makes use of existing visitor and recreational infrastructure while also ensuring that extra visitors will be spread evenly across the state, providing economic benefits to many areas and not just one central hub,” he said.
Hosting a major event such as the Commonwealth Games would promote strong and strategic tourism investment in regional Victoria. If the bid is successful, VTIC will advocate for upgrades to existing infrastructure, investment in accommodation and more funding for transport services and infrastructure.
“Access and connectivity are essential to staging a successful multi-site event. Improving transport connections into and across regional Victoria must be a priority if this event goes ahead in our state,” Mr Ostermeyer said.
VTIC also welcomes the spirit of collaboration displayed in the 2030 Greater Victoria Commonwealth Games bid. Melbourne is well-known for hosting successful major events and strong collaboration between key stakeholders is often cited as the secret of the city’s outstanding success.