Campaign Scorecard:

This page will be updated throughout the campaign to demonstrate how each major party is investing in tourism.

ALP

The Andrews Government tourism agenda is led by the Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Hon John Eren MP, and Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and Major Events and Regional Victoria, Danielle Green.

Key tourism initiatives from the first term of the Andrews Government:

  • Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy – goal of lifting visitor spending to $36.5 billion by 2025, and increasing employment in the sector to 320,700 jobs
  • Infrastructure investment, including:
    • $600 million towards stages 2 and 3 of the Melbourne Park Masterplan
    • $101 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund of which $48 million was committed to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
    • $8.2 million for a Discovery Centre at Lakeside Station for Puffing Billy Railway
  • Events funding including:
    • Major Events Funding for the Grand Prix
    • Funding for prominent exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria
    • $20 million Regional Events Fund

LIB/ NAT

The Opposition’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events is Heidi Victoria MP.

The Opposition has announced a $2 million City of Culture program to showcase cultural highlights from across regional and suburban Victoria to boost local tourism.

If elected in November, the Opposition has committed to a feasibility study for the Great Southern Ocean Bike Trail, which will link Adelaide and Melbourne and features a series of tourism-focused loops.

A key recommendation of the Opposition’s Victorian Population Policy Taskforce is improving transport connections to regional Victoria to ‘boost tourism growth, as regional tourism attractions become closer in time for Melbourne and international visitors.’