A new way forward for tourism in Regional Victoria

Published: 18 July 2019

Tourists enjoying Childers Cove, Sandy Bay

Victoria's regional communities are invited to have their say on the future of tourism across the state following the release of the Regional Tourism Review Discussion Paper.

The Regional Tourism Review, launched in March, aims to find out how the government can best support regions, maximise the opportunities available to grow visitation, and support local businesses and jobs.

Victoria has some of Australia's premier natural, cultural and food and wine attractions and figures released by the National Visitor Survey on 17 July put the value of Victoria's visitor economy at $30 billion, supporting 214,000 jobs including 86,000 in regional Victoria.

The discussion paper has identified five key themes: strengthening our tourism offering, making the most of marketing spending, supporting industry, enhancing regional tourism boards and better coordinating effort.

A series of regional consultations with tourism industry stakeholders will be held from July to September. Members of the public are invited to make submissions through the Engage Victoria website. 

The stakeholder forums will be held in the nine regional partnership areas, starting in Ballarat on Friday 26 July.

To view the discussion paper and have your say before the August 30 deadline for public submissions, visit Engage Victoria.