- Jan 26, 2011
Many industries have had to bite the bullet this year but weren't allowed to risk importing high needs people to fix the issue.The AO is Tennis Australia's event. If they did not proceed, their situation would have been dire. Their income from the AO underpins them for the whole year, and so for TA it is not just the few weeks of the AO but it is their whole year and future on the line. And TA operate and runs programs throughtout Australia, and so this is not just a "Melbourne" benefit. Would the Federal Government hand them a few hundred million to bail them out?
The Vic Gov would survive. But they do want the economic benefits of a continual and regular stream of major and minor events. This helps to fill the hotels and all the other businesses like restaurants and the various tour operators and the like. That then feeds the businesses that in turn feed them.
The growth of Tourism in Vic has as a solid foundation on people coming to do and experience things, as opposed to say more sightseeing or being on beaches. They come for things like the AO, Melbourne Cup (Which is not just a day but a whole race carnival of over a week), Shopping, Theatre, Fashion, Restaurants and the like.