Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (17:03): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, the Honourable Martin Pakula. The launch of the four-year Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan is a significant boost for the economy—reeling under the strains of the global pandemic and the bushfires. The plan supports the quick recovery of the domestic market and sets out a framework to build a vibrant and resilient sector into the future when the international market returns. The government’s $633 million investment targets an ambitious goal of $35 billion in annual visitor expenditure. This investment is inclusive of $465 million in the Victorian tourism recovery package and a $152 million boost to the Major Events Fund to secure more crowd-pulling attractions announced in the 2020–21 budget. The tourism industry suffered an estimated net loss of $19.5 billion in 2020, and this investment will help the sector to recover from the pandemic’s impact.

Representing the Western Metropolitan Region, which includes the Werribee Mansion and Werribee Open Range Zoo, I know how important tourism is to my local area. I am also aware of how important it is here in Bright, with the alpine region and great food and beverage offerings. The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on how the Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan will support jobs in the tourism industry, which plays such an important role in the Victorian economy.