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Published on : Monday, February 18, 2013
Frankston Visitor Information Centre was recognised as the country’s best visitor
information centre, taking out the top honours in that category at the Qantas
Australian Tourism Awards 2012 in Hobart.
Victoria Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said it was the
third year in a row that a Victorian regional visitor information centre took out the
“Frankston Visitor Information Centre demonstrated that it is the best place to start
when visiting the Mornington Peninsula, with Frankston serving as a gateway to
the region,” Ms Asher said.
The nod to Mornington Peninsula from the prestigious national awards was backed
up by the latest national visitor survey results that showed domestic overnight
visitors have grown almost 24 per cent from the previous year, making it the
strongest year-on-year growth than any other region in Victoria and ahead of the
national average of 4.1 per cent.
Ms Asher said that Frankston was home to next month’s Ironman Asia-Pacific
which attracts thousands of visitors and access to this event and others in the
Mornington region will now be easier due to the newly opened Peninsula Link.
“The Mornington Peninsula offers visitors proximity to Melbourne, quality wine,
food and farm gate experiences as well as golf and spa experiences throughout a
compact region,” Ms Asher said.
Held by the National Tourism Alliance, the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are
the industry’s most prestigious recognition of business excellence.
“I am delighted that Victoria has been recognised at the national level with a total
of nine silver and bronze finalists,” Ms Asher said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government congratulates all the Victorian businesses
recognised as Australian Tourism Awards placegetters. The recognition highlights
the professionalism and innovation of Victoria’s $15.9 billion tourism industry,”
Ms Asher said.
Ms Asher, who next week leaves on a trade mission to the Middle East and then
on to the State’s third trade mission to India – one of Victoria’s fastest growing
international markets – said that the Coalition Government would continue to
profile Victoria’s tourism attractions and the high-quality of visitor experiences on
offer all year round.
Source:- Qantas Australian Tourism