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GORRT Welcomed the announcement by the Andrew’s Government of their response to the report from the Great Ocean Road Taskforce, co-chaired by former State Transport Ministers The Hon. Peter Batchelor and the Hon Terry Mulder.  

The Minister for Environment Lily D’Ambrosio, the Minister for Tourism John Eren, the Chair of Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation Jason Mifsud and the Wadawurrung Geelong Office Manager Corrina Eccles joined together in Lorne to launch the Great Ocean Road Action Plan.

The Plan includes a range of far-reaching reforms to preserve and enrich the iconic region along Victoria’s south-west coast. To view the plan visit here 

To support the release of the GOR Action Plan a series of  Community Information Forums will be held across the region. These forums will provide local communities with an opportunity to hear about the action plan and ask questions.  

Peterborough –  Peterborough Community Hall, Wed 17th October 2018 – 10.00am to 11.00am

Port Campbell – Port Campbell Lifesaving Club, Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Warrnambool – Pavilion Cafe and Bar, Thursday 18th October 2018 – 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Wye River – Wye River CFA Meeting Room, Saturday 20th October 2018 10.00am – 11.00am

Lorne – Lorne Community House, Saturday 20th October 2018 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Apollo Bay – Apollo Bay Golf Club Tuesday 23rd October 2018 6.00pm – 7.00pm

Melbourne – DELWP Foyer, 8 Nicholson St Wednesday 24th October 2018 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Torquay – Grant Pavilion, Saturday day 24th October 2018 5.30pm – 6.30pm

To keep informed as implementation of the plan progresses, sign up to receive their newsletter – details included in the attached newsletter



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As part of the Small Business Festival, GORRT has partnered with AVTES to bring these events for business owners and managers along the Great Ocean Road to help you;

  • Save on staff costs with simple staffing strategies
  • Train staff and access government funding opportunities
  • Set business goals and strategies to achieve your business goals
  • Gain valuable advice and insights from experts

Join AVTES at one of these events and learn something that could transform your business.

STAFFING FOR PROFIT                   
Date: Tuesday August 14th
Time: 9.30 – 10.30am
Location: The Cally Hotel
Cost: FREE
Register Here 

Date: Tuesday August 14th
Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm
Location: The Cally Hotel
Cost: $30 including light lunch
Register Here 

Download the Small Business Festival flyer here

For all Sales and Business Development Enquiries contact Andrew Humphris
0422 158 855


Visit Victoria/Booking.com partnership

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Visit Victoria is advancing its digital capabilities to improve the customer journey and enable seamless transition from the planning stage through to conversion. After extensive review, they have partnered with Booking.com, one of the world’s largest online booking companies, to enhance and facilitate the visitor booking experience across our consumer websites.

The new digital booking partnership will offer dedicated Booking.com buttons to all ATDW-listed accommodation providers on visitvictoria.com from late August. This will seamlessly link through to the Booking.com conversion page for that individual business.

Any ATDW accommodation business will have the option to opt-out at any time and link through to their booking page of choice by contacting Visit Victoria’s ATDW Support Team on 1300 306 366 oratdwsupport@visitvictoria.com.au.
For further information see the fact sheet here! 


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Your Happy Space is regional Victoria’s new intrastate destination marketing campaign. The campaign builds on the success of Wander Victoria and aims to position regional Victoria as the perfect place for a short-break to slow down, disconnect and experience JOMO (the joy of missing out) within a short trip from Melbourne.

The new marketing campaign will be implemented across television, cinema, digital and social media channels, with further promotion through public relations and partnership activity with travel organisations, media publishers and non-travel associations. There will also be a dedicated yourhappyspace site which will include information on destinations, experiences and make it easy for consumers to book with operators listed on the site. We will keep you posted  to what we are doing as Great Ocean Road to leverage from this campaign. See media release here!

How can you become involved?
Join the campaign by using #visitvictoria and #yourhappyspace
* Make sure your business is listed through the www.visitvictoria.com.au and www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au through the ATDW. See here for further information. 
* List a seasonal deal on the Visit Great Ocean Road website – That will be sent to Visit Victoria for PR opportunities. See here for further information. 

Recovery Projects

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CORANGAMITE Shire Council has welcomed over $70,000 in funding from the State Government to help further build secure futures for the districts communities.
Council has received two separate grants from the Stronger Regional Communities Plan.

Mayor Jo Beard said a $50,000 grant has been earmarked for a promotion aimed at boosting the local economies in Cobden, Camperdown, Terang and Timboon following the St Patrick’s Day devastation.  Council will contribute $8,000 cash and $8,000 of in-kind support.
“Campaigns will be developed for each town, including social media, digital displays, and advertising, to encourage visitors to come to those four towns to shop, stay longer and make the most of the other opportunities our great communities have to offer.

Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism is excited to work with Corangamite shire council  and help them to leverage from our current ‘I Am Where Stories Unfold’ campaign .

Following the development of a Destination Plan and Branding for Otway Coast Hamlets (Wongarra through to Separation Creek), we are pleased to announce they have begun the final phase of the recovery Funded tourism initiatives with the commencement of a tourism information signage project.

I am your ambassador

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There’s still time to participate in our volunteer famil program.  This initiative is a collaborative effort between GORRT and the Regional VIC Network.

If you would like to offer a free or discounted product or experience to assist Visitor Information Centre staff and volunteers to familiarise with your business please return the EOI form as soon as possible.

Each volunteer will be issued with an AMBASSADOR card which they can present at participating businesses.  For more information email jo@gort.com.au
Expression of Interest form here


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The first part of the campaign is almost complete: We are excited to share with you some of our stats so far:
  • The campaign has already reached a total of 896,980 people 
  • The Instagram videos have reached 819,816 people
  • The Instagram advertisements reaching 76,768 people. With total web click throughs at 2,627
  • Consumer email open rate 28% with 257 web site clicks
  • Competition entrants over 350 (competition will continue until the end of August)
  • We have hosted three Influencers with high organic reach on their @visitgreatoceanroad Instagram takeovers.
  • The Instagram images are providing the most engagment.
  • Across all assets on both the Regional and the Apollo Bay/Otways activity we see that Female 45+ are our most engaged audience on still images . Where as we get higher traction with a younger demographic using Instagram Stories (Videos).

Taking these results into consideration we we will now make changes accordingly in the Spring part of the promotion.

* These results do not include organic reach or Facebook Boosts or influencer promotions. We will provide a full report post the Spring.


ITS NOT TOO LATE TO LEVERAGE FROM THIS CAMPAIGN – The campaigns main objective is to drive traffic to the Visit Great Ocean Road website and this is where you come in…

GET INVOLVED – Leverage your business’ exposure from this activity with a  SPRING Deal!

Make the most of the additional website traffic and promote your business deal or package on the main campaign landing page.

ONLY $330 for three months you receive:

3 month listing on Campaign Deals page – Visit Great Ocean Road website
3 month listing on Campaign Deals page – Local Destination website
Consideration for further public relations and social media activity including familiarisations, blogs and potential consumer EDM coverage throughout the campaign.

Don’t forget to follow us @visitgreatoceanroad  share our posts and use #Iamwherestoriesunfold to be featured on our social platforms as part of the campaign.


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Our region was represented recently at a tourism expo for members of the Concierge group Les Clef Dors.  This group is an exclusive club of concierges from the country’s premium Hotels.  Our presence at the expo has strengthened the relationship formed with the Melbourne Clef Dors following our successful Otways famils last year where we hosted them..  Our relationship and support of these concierges allows them to sell our region to high value visitors to their Melbourne Hotels.

We will continue to seek opportunities to work with Les Clef Dors and enhance their knowledge of all our region has to offer.  A special thanks to Adrian Healey form Colac Otway Shire who went along to the expo to represent Great Ocean Road.


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Want to maximise exposure of your business?
Looking to ‘up the anti’ and be more actively involved with Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism?

Look no further! We have developed a new Preferred Partner program to provide you with more ways to integrate your business with us. Generate greater return from GORRT marketing activities PLUS save time and money with easy pay by the month packages that include exclusive new tourism marketing products that will put your business ahead of the competition.

Our Preferred Partner Packages start from as low as $49 per month and all packages include an ATDW profile listing on Visit Victoria, Visit Great Ocean Road and local Destination websites, a Destination Brand Licence Toolkit, the option to promote a 3 month deal/promotion of your business and membership to VTIC!

Pay by the month convenience*   

One of the key advantages of the Preferred Partner Program is that your GORRT partnership fee can be paid by direct debit monthly either by credit card or direct debit from your nominated bank account. Save time and money with great value packages that include some new and exciting tourism marketing products exclusive to the new Preferred Partner Program.

*Pay up front option also available.

Download the GORRT Preferred Partner Prospectus here
For more information email Andrew Humphris or call 0422 158 855