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MEDIA RELEASE - Avalon Airport announcement welcomes new tourism opportunities to Glenelg Shire

6 February 2018

Glenelg Shire and the broader Green Triangle are set to benefit from international air market following the Avalon Airport announcement.

Avalon Airport have officially announced it will become an international airport towards the end of the year, offering regular flights to Kuala Lumpar with AirAsia which will see an increase of 220,000 visitors each year, as well attracting more than 200 job opportunities.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the shire had been working with neighbouring regions to strengthen tourism in the area.

“Our aim is to encourage tourists to travel beyond the Great Ocean Road and this goal is highly achievable with our international visitor numbers set to increase towards the end of the year,” Rank said.

“The recently founded Green Triangle Tourism Group includes council representatives from south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia working together to make our region a tourism destination rather than a place to stop for fuel.

“Visitor Information Centre’s throughout the shire broke tourism figures over the summer months with Portland’s centre seeing 290 visitors daily. We are ecstatic to welcome Avalon’s announcement as these figures will only increase.”

Cr Rank said Asia was Australia’s second largest inbound market for visitor arrivals and largest market for total spend and visitor nights.

“Council is extremely proud of their busy events schedule and we aim to work with community groups to ensure we can continue to host large events throughout the shire to attract international visitors,” she said.

“The success of our recent Hooked on Portland festival proves our region can attract large numbers and now we have the opportunity to showcase and share what the shire has to offer with Asia and south-east Asia.

“Our fresh, clean and green locally sourced seafood is expected to be a large draw card for attracting international tourists coming off AirAsia flights with abalone and rock lobster being popular in the Asian market.”

Cr Rank said the Budj Bim cultural landscape bid for UNESCO World Heritage listing would also create further profile to entice the Asian market.

“Our wealth of Indigenous culture, cuisine and wildlife in the area is highly valued by our international visitors with Asia at the forefront,” she said.

“Avalon’s announcement will see benefits flow on throughout regional Victoria and this comes at a perfect time as our relationships are strengthening with neighbouring regions ensuring Glenelg Shire is a tourism hotspot.”

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