MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Government Friends of Tourism breakfast – Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Posted on 20. Aug, 2010 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — This morning I attended with the Minister for Tourism and Major Events the Government Friends of Tourism breakfast, hosted by the Tourism Alliance of Victoria and supported by Tourism Victoria. The Government Friends of Tourism group is comprised of members of Parliament who have a particular interest in tourism. They view tourism as important to them and to the people they represent. The Government Friends of Tourism group believes strongly in the value of Victoria’s tourism sector. It is clear from the attendance this morning that they all have an interest in the success of this vibrant industry.

We are very conscious of the fact that Victoria, unlike other states, does not have the iconic Kimberleys of Western Australia, the Uluru or Kakadu of the Northern Territory, the Gold Coast or Great Barrier Reef of Queensland or the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge of New South Wales. However, we do have more than all of those states combined. We have lifestyle. During the past 10 years this government has developed Victoria into iconic status. We attract people. We are the capital of sport, shopping and events — you name it; the list goes on. The tourism industry has grown to such an extent that we now have something like $16 billion worth of employment or related activity.

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