Coast needs cash injection to cope with tourist influx

The Great Ocean Road needs greater investment to cope with increased tourism when Avalon Airport opens its international terminal, Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce’s president says.

The Great Ocean Road needs greater investment to cope with increased tourism when Avalon Airport opens its international terminal, Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce’s president says.

Avalon Airport and AirAsia announced in February that the Asian airline would move its Victorian services from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport to Avalon Airport, east of Geelong, from the end of this year.

The move will provide twice-daily flights between Avalon and Malaysia, and will be Avalon’s first international service.

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce president John Gorman said the opening of an international flight terminal close to the Otway coastal region was “an absolute positive”.

“Already the Great Ocean Road is such an international tourist attraction, so you would think that there’s an increased likelihood of people choosing to do the Great Ocean Road first,” he said.

“Obviously people coming in from overseas are going to want to do Melbourne and other attractions in the city; but I don’t think there’s any doubt that it will increase the tourism on the Great Ocean Road.”

AirAsia and Avalon Airport estimated that the opening of the international terminal would bring a projected 500,000 people to the region in the first year.

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