The state’s peak tourism body has today welcomed news that Melbourne Airport will introduce a third runway as part of its 2013 draft Master Plan which outlines ambitious plans to grow the airport over the next decade, saying the news will help cement Melbourne as a premier international airport and gateway to Australia.
Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) Chief Executive Dianne Smith says, “Any move that helps to facilitate international and domestic arrivals into Melbourne is great news for Victoria’s tourism industry.
“Melbourne Airport’s 2013 draft Master Plan outlines a considered approach to the growing demand for air services in Victoria and will strongly support Australia’s embracing of the Asian Century as a key global investment opportunity.
“The announcement of an additional runway at Melbourne Airport is effectively rolling out the red carpet for our international visitors. That the third runway will cater for more flights, more efficiently, means more visitors are able to come to Victoria.
The value of spending by interstate and international visitors who travel through Melbourne Airport will grow from $8.3 billion in 2012 to $18.5 billion in 2033.
VTIC applauded the Melbourne Airport taking a proactive approach to the planning process.
“Melbourne has to be bold in its planning to ensure our airport infrastructure is of a world standard,” says Ms Smith. “We have competitive advantages over other Australian cities and we must embrace the opportunities that are afforded us to attract greater visitation by both international and domestic visitors.
“The employment benefits of the planning, development and operational stages of the project will be considerable, and will also generate further employment throughout the tourism industry needed to cater to increased visitor numbers.
“With greater arrivals into Melbourne, hopefully greater dispersal to our regions will follow. The visitor economy is essential in Victoria, and vision like that shown by Melbourne Airport in this Plan is crucial to encouraging further growth in tourist numbers.”
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