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Session: 59 Parliament First Session Sitting: 2019 House: LC
QP Reference No: NP 35 Question Number: 856

Asked By: Hayes Clifford Party: Sustainable Australia Addressed To: Tourism Sport and Major Events
Asked Date: Oct 15, 2019

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MR HAYES — To ask the Minister for Local Government (for the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events): Will the Government identify wetlands on the Ramsar Convention's List of Wetlands of International Importance in regional tourist promotions as a way of promoting regional tourism.
Visit Victoria, the primary tourism and events company for Victoria, profiles experiences in nature as one of its core brand pillars for regional Victoria. Such experiences are one of the most sought after for visitors to the State.

There are 12 Victorian wetland sites on the List of Wetlands of International Importance
(commonly called the Ramsar Convention) which are representative, rare or unique wetlands or are important for conserving biological diversity.

These wetland sites are all directly and indirectly promoted through Visit Victoria's marketing campaigns. For example, the Gippsland Lakes are promoted as a destination to enjoy a range of water-based activities.

More generally, wetland sites are promoted as part of the Your Happy Space campaign which aims to attract Melbournians, intrastate and international visitors to take a short break in regional Victoria.
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