Victoria Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes
Boosting Visitors For Geelong’s International Students
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government is helping Geelong’s visitor economy grow by supporting a plan to increase the number of people travelling to the region to visit international students.
Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes today announced the State Government will provide $50,000 from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan to Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine to develop the first Geelong-specific marketing and travel packages for people visiting the region’s international students.
“Avalon Airport is a gateway for travellers from Asia so it makes sense we are encouraging people to visit international students in the region to boost the local economies and cement Geelong, the Bellarine and the Great Ocean Road as must-see destinations in Victoria.” Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes said.
Capitalising on the Air Asia flights to Avalon that commenced in late 2018, the project will be delivered in partnership with Study Geelong and will use insights from Geelong’s international students on what will attract their family and friends to visit the area.
“We’re proud to be building stronger communities across regional Victoria hand in hand with locals through projects like this.” Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said.
Project will create tailored campaigns for key international markets and develop country-specific itineraries to encourage people from across Asia to visit Geelong and the south-west.
With more than 3,400 international students enrolled in the Geelong area, the international student market is growing export sector for Geelong, rising by 20 % in 2016-17 alone.
“We’re excited to support Tourism Greater Geelong and Bellarine to work with Geelong’s international student community to give their overseas friends and family better access to our beautiful region.” Member for Lara John Eren said.
International student market is Victoria’s largest services export industry, worth almost $10 Billion with the visiting friends and relatives market providing a further boost to Victorian tourism.
“International Education is an important part of the Geelong region’s visitor economy. With from the Victorian Government, we will promote the increased accessibility to the region through Air Asia and all that Geelong has to offer, to the friends and families of international students studying here.” Tourism Greater Geelong and the Bellarine Executive Director Roger Grant said.
State Government’s Stronger Regional Communities Plan invests in community-led projects to make regional Victoria a better place to live and work and help them grow their economies.