Corangamite is buzzing with tourists as more Aussies choose to holiday here.
The National Visitor Survey (NVS), out today, shows more Australians are flocking to holiday in Corangamite and they’re staying longer and spending.
Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson welcomed the tourism boom, saying it’s great news for local businesses.
“More travellers coming to the Great Ocean Road, Central Highlands and Geelong and the Bellarine means a boost for our local economy and more local jobs are created and supported,” Ms Henderson said.
The NVS shows 2,180,000 Australian tourists visited The Great Ocean Road region, 1,445,000 visited Geelong and the Bellarine and 482,000 visited Central Highlands. The Great Ocean Road and Geelong and Bellarine were up 15 percent over the past 12 months. Central Highlands visitation is up 24 percent.
The NVS follows the strong tourism growth shown in the International Visitor Survey (IVS), released earlier this month, which revealed 327,000 international tourists visited the three regions across our electorate.
A combined total of 4,434,000 tourists visited Corangamite, spent more and stayed longer than the past 12 months.
Ms Henderson said locals should be proud of our strong tourism sector.
“The Great Ocean Road is an international tourism icon and I’m so proud to see it and our entire region drawing both local and international tourists in their droves,” Ms Henderson said.
“The numbers are great on a national scale as well, with overnight trips by Australians growing by seven per cent to a record 96 million and the number of nights stayed up by six per cent to a record 347 million.”
“The Turnbull Coalition Government continues to invest in regional areas and the tourism sector by addressing key infrastructure needs and market priorities, such as the development of Western Sydney Airport.”
Produced by Tourism Research Australia, the NVS and IVS can be found at: www.tra.gov.au.
20 December, 2017