Indi shines for autumn visitors
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has highlighted the importance of tourism as an economic driver for the electorate ahead of this month’s holiday long weekend.
Ms McGowan this week encouraged her Parliamentary colleagues to visit North East Victoria during autumn and celebrate events in all nine of Indi’s local government areas.
“Tourism is increasingly one of the largest industries in Indi,” Ms McGowan said.
“In the six shires that make up the High Country – Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong and Wangaratta – there are more than three million visitors annually, who spend in excess of $692 million.
“Tourism accounts for 20.3 per cent of the gross regional product and employs more than 7900 people or 20.2 per cent of the population.
“While 67 per cent of domestic visitors to the region are on holiday, 24 per cent are visiting family and friends. The North East provides visitors with the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones as well as enjoy wonderful events and activities. In fact almost 28 per cent of visitors will stay with friends or relatives, the most popular type of accommodation.
“On average, visitors to the North East will stay three nights and spend $163 per person per night. They will spend more than half of their time dining out at restaurants and cafes during their visit.”
During her speech, Ms McGowan referenced a broad range of activities that will feature throughout the North East during autumn, including Benalla’s Wall to Wall Festival, Tastes of Rutherglen, Mansfield’s Tenors on the Turf, the Murrindindi Regional World’s Longest Lunch, the Man from Snowy River Festival in Corryong and the 2018 MTBA Downhill National Championships in Bright.
“There are fantastic things happening and we would enjoy the company of all those who visit.”