The Andrews Labor Government is helping the GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon attract more visitors than ever before.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney today announced a $17,500 grant to help the GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon with marketing and advertising, so that the region can welcome visitors from all over Australia.
Celebrating its 12th anniversary this year, the marathon is a chance for participants of all fitness levels to run the iconic course. Distances range from 1.5 kilometres to the gruelling 60 kilometre course.
Some 6400 competitors took part in the 2015 event, providing valuable opportunities for local small businesses.
Victoria is the events capital of Australia, and the Labor Government wants it to stay that way.
The Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget includes an $80 million boost to Victoria’s events war chest, so that Victoria can continue to secure the events that deliver maximum benefits to the State.
The Labor Government will also invest $3 million to embark on an ambitious regional tourism marketing campaign, highlighting regional Victoria’s treasures and showcasing our regions.
The GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon begins May 14.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“There’s no better place for a marathon than the Great Ocean Road. What better location to challenge yourself than along the stunning coastline?”
“These events aren’t just great spectacles, they’re big boosts to the local economy too. They keep small businesses strong, and provide jobs for locals.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren:
“This grant will help the GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon market its great event to help attract more visitors to the region.”
“We are working hard to grow our calendar of events, because we know they mean a stronger regional Victoria.”