Sports clubs, local businesses and community groups are invited to the launch of Cobram Barooga Business and Tourism’s new sports tourism program.
Since November, the committee has been working on the foundations of the project which it anticipates will lead to more than 2000 extra visits to the region with an economic impact to Cobram-Barooga of more than $1million each year.
CBBT chairman Don Rudd said the Cobram-Barooga region had a strong history of providing great sports facilities and supporting event owners in delivering first-class, memorable events
‘‘We aim to leverage off these facilities and our event hosting experience to proactively target events that are a good fit for our area,’’ he said.
‘‘This will support more stays in hotels, meals at cafes and restaurants, visits to our tourist attractions and spending in our shops.’’
A key step in the development of the program has been the support of the Barooga Sporties Group and the Berrigan and Moira shire councils.
In the first year of the program, CBBT aims to deliver at least five multi-day events with at least 100 participants and visitors attending each.
‘‘We are well on our way to passing this initial goal and look forward to sharing with everyone the exciting news as we announce and launch our initial events on the night,’’ Mr Rudd said.
‘‘This program will be one that will deliver significant benefits to our business and tourism communities and a strong membership and partnership program will be critical factors in its ongoing success.’’
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan, a representative of Moira Shire Council and Sporties Group president Bobby Brooks will also be speaking at the launch.
It’s on May 30 from 6.30pm at the Cobram Barooga Golf Club.
Tickets costs $30 each and people should RSVP by 5.00pm Friday, May 25 by emailing [email protected]