GLENELG Shire is developing closer coordination with the City of Greater Geelong to attract cruise vessels to Victoria’s south-west, opening a future option for passengers to disembark in Portland, enjoy a trip along the Great Ocean Road, then rejoin their ship in Geelong.
As the two communities with the best port facilities in the region, Geelong and Portland could jointly approach cruise ship operators to offer their passengers bus trips along the iconic road. Ideally for Portland, those tourists would spend some time here before embarking on their scenic journey taking in the Twelve Apostles and perhaps a brief rainforest stop like the Maits Rest boardwalk along the way.
“I met with Geelong City Council last week to develop strategies to ensure both shires capitalise on the growing interest in the cruise ship industry,” Glenelg Shire chief executive officer Sharon Kelsey said.
“The councils will work together to maximise benefits from the developing interest of tourists and the tourism industry in our region.”
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