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Hodgett - Tourism towns in fire-affected Victoria are open for business

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Tourism towns in fire-affected Victoria are open for business

The impact of the recent devastating fires on communities in eastern and north-eastern Victoria is being worsened as visitors stay away from the usual holiday destinations.

Hundreds of small businesses that rely on the tourism industry are still operating across Victoria.

The majority of tourist destinations in Gippsland, Ovens and Murray and the High Country are open and ready to show some of the best of what regional Victoria has to offer.

They welcome visitors back and need people to visit, stay and spend to support local businesses in fire-affected regions.

We know that tourism will play a huge role in helping bushfire affected communities recover and get back on their feet.

The economies of many towns and communities in fire-affected regions rely on tourism and now is the time to ensure that we support the businesses in these areas to help rebuild.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, David Hodgett:

“Victorians have been remarkably generous in supporting fire-affected parts of Victoria with donations but now these communities need to be supported with tourists visiting and enjoying what is on offer.

“The vast majority of tourist towns are open and ready for visitors and I encourage Victorians to get out and support these communities that rely on the visitor economy.”