Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035 Growing Tourism

Recognising that tourism is one of the main economic drivers of Phillip Island and San Remo, Bass Coast Shire Council has partnered with Regional Development Victoria, Destination Phillip Island and Phillip Island Nature Parks to develop a 20-year Visitor Economy Strategy for the Island to help ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of this important sector.

Tourism is a key economic driver on Phillip Island, which attracts over 1.85 million visitors annually. Visitor numbers are projected to grow by 4.2%  per year to reach over 4 million visitors by 2035.

Council's Economic Development and Tourism team presented the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy 2035 Annual Snapshot 2017 at the July Council meeting.

The Strategy was prepared by a team of Australia’s tourism planning experts, led by EarthCheck and includes local tourism industry and community input as well as specialist input from a range of world-leading tourism industry experts.

Community Tourism Reference Group

Bass Coast Shire Council launched the Community Tourism Reference Group in March 2017. Formation of the Group is one of the high priority actions from the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035: Growing Tourism.

Terms of Reference (172KB).

The Group will ensure an open and productive relationship between Council, the tourism sector and community and assist Council and its partners with the implementation of the Strategy in relation to:

  • Co-ordination of the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria certification process for Phillip Island and San Remo
  • Preservation of beaches and natural beauty
  • Prevention of deterioration of its foreshore
  • Maintenance of wildlife reserves
  • Improvement of facilities that would lead to the better enjoyment of the Island by the people.

You may also like to read some of Bass Coast's broader tourism and economic strategies and plans by Bass Coast Shire Council and our partners:

Bass Coast Shire Council

Destination Phillip Island

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Visit Victoria

Victorian Government

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