The 2009 National Celtic Festival has received a boost thanks to $22,500 in State Government funding from Tourism Victoria’s Events Program.
Western Victoria MP, Gayle Tierney, announced the funding, saying it would help promote
the arts and cultural event, which will draw new and return visitors to the region.
“Held over the long weekend in June, the 2009 National Celtic Festival is Australia’s
largest and most diverse celebration of the Celtic culture,” Ms Tierney said.
“More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, which offers a diverse program of music, dance, literature and drama.
“International, national and local artists will be showcased in a series of concerts, performances, workshops, markets and displays.
“The Festival complements the many attractions on offer on the Bellarine Peninsula
and in the Great Ocean Road region, including outdoor activities, food and
wine, history, music and sport.
“Festival goers will be well serviced by our extensive range of accommodation options,
including bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels, caravans and camping facilities.”
Ms Tierney said Festival organisers expected that most festival patrons would stay
in the region for the long weekend, which will give the local tourism industry
an important boost.
“The funding for the 2009 National Celtic Festival continues the Brumby Government’s
commitment to promoting and supporting events in regional Victoria,” Ms Tierney
“Tourism is one of the most important industries for towns and cities right across
Victoria, helping to improve local economies and create jobs.
“The National Celtic Festival continues to grow in popularity and size and is now a
major highlight on the events calendar for the community.
“The Festival will build on its popularity and bring even more visitors to
experience the beauty and vibrancy of the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great
Ocean Road,” Ms Tierney said.
Ms Tierney said the Brumby Government’s Regional Tourism Action Plan, released late last year, would ensure tourism remained strong during challenging economic times.
“The Regional Tourism Action Plan is part of the 10 Year Tourism and Events Industry Strategy and demonstrates the Brumby Government’s commitment to tourism, which is worth more than $15 billion to the Victorian economy and employs 179,000 people.
“This latest funding announcement also complements Tourism Victoria’s Great Ocean
Road Nature’s Invigorating Journey campaign, which encourages visitors to leave behind the stresses of everyday life and enjoy our beautiful region.”
For more information about events happening across Victoria please visit www.visitvictoria.com