Victoria's Andrews Labor Government has welcomed the announcement by Jetstar that it will commence daily return services between Avalon and the Gold Coast from 26 October 2015.
One-third of all arrivals in to Avalon are tourists and the new daily flights are expected to carry an additional 65,000 passengers a year arriving at Avalon Airport from Gold Coast.
Avalon provides a gateway to great Victorian tourism landmarks, particularly along the western coast of Victoria such as the Bellarine Peninsula and the Great Ocean Road.
Minister for Industry, Lily D'Ambrosio, and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren, visited Avalon Airport today to launch the new service, saying the development is good news for the local industry, tourism and jobs.
The agreement dovetails with the Victorian Caravan Parks Association 'Making good ideas happen' focus for the 2015 VCPA Annual Conference at the Mantra, Lorne from August 17 to 19.
At the request of many members the VicParks Conference is back in regional Victoria after two years in Melbourne.
The daily Avalon-Gold Coast service is the result of an agreement signed between the Labor Government and Jetstar earlier this year that secures operations for the next 10 years at Avalon Airport and expands passenger services.
As part of the contract, Jetstar is slated to increase the number of flights from five to seven a day and fly to two new domestic destinations.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren said:
With new daily flights to Avalon, more people will explore Victoria's amazing attractions and visit our world renowned events, including those in the greater Geelong region.
We will continue working with Avalon, Jetstar and the Geelong community to enhance industry, tourism and major events in the region.
VicParks CEO, Elizabeth White, says: Our conference theme is Making Good Ideas Happen. This theme challenges us to convert many of the new ideas and innovations which caravan park owners and managers will encounter during the program into a reality.
Lorraine Golightly enthusiastic, savvy owner-operator of BIG4 Beacon Resort in Queenscliff, Victoria is among guest speakers at the VicParks conference in Lorne.
Lorraine's vision is inspired by future trends in tourism and she is constantly striving for a uniqueness to fit with Queenscliff's target market. This brave, bold approach gives her business a competitive marketing edge, not only in the caravan industry, but in the wider tourism accommodation market.