Visitor numbers strong

THE Ninety Mile Beach and High Country have been popular places to visit this summer, according to tourism body Destination Gippsland.

Wellington Regional Tourism executive officer Bernadette Dillon said central Gippsland, spanning from the Ninety Mile Beach to the High Country, had enjoyed good numbers of visitors.

“The Wellington Shire has seen a spike in web visits over the summer period, with a great number of visitors choosing to stay in central Gippsland for an extended period,” she said.

“Camping continues to be very popular in our area, especially with young travellers and families from both intrastate and overseas.”

Destination Gippsland marketing manager Andrew Wilson said it had been a bumper start to the summer period for tourism operators across Gippsland.

“Reports over the Christmas and New Year period indicate accommodation has been fully booked, with tours at capacity, and hundreds of events having taken place,” he said.

“Most importantly, our visitors have had a great holiday in Gippsland.

“Summer is an important time of the year for the tourism industry.

“It’s great to see the region welcoming so many visitors to Gippsland early in the season, with booking forecasts looking very positive.”

Tourism is an important industry for Gippsland, generating an estimated $1.8 billion in direct economic benefits and employing 15,000 people.

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