Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bass Coast revved up by record-breaking weekend

Bass Coast Shire Council is celebrating a multi-million boost to local tourism as the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2022 wraps up a record-breaking weekend.

The biggest crowd in 10 years descended on Phillip Island for the Australian MotoGP™ which was held from 14 – 16 October. More than 91,000 attendees returned to the race over the weekend, the first held since 2019, which is the biggest crowd recorded since 2012, Council said in a statement today.

The estimated economic benefit from MotoGP™ to Bass Coast is $42 million, Council says.

“The Australian Moto GP is incredibly important for our local businesses as it provides an important boost to our economy outside of school holidays and the peak summer period,” said Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Michael Whelan.

“Our spectacular coastline and natural environment, as well as plenty of off-track activities, were also broadcast around the world to remind visitors how special our region is.

“I would like to congratulate the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and other partnering organisations that contribute to making it such a fantastic event. Thank you to our community for once again welcoming fans from all over the world back to Phillip Island.

“To have the biggest crowd in a decade is testament to how much fans and riders love the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, we just love hearing time and time again how Phillip Island is their favourite track. It was so good to see everyone out enjoying themselves.

“Council is proud to host the Cowes entertainment across the weekend in partnership with several local businesses. Cowes really came to life on Saturday night with over 3,000 people enjoying the free concert on the foreshore.

“Safe travels to all our visitors. We look forward to welcoming you back next year,” the Mayor said.

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