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Victoria secures MotoGP until 2016

Victoria secures MotoGP until 2016

30 May 2010

Victoria has shown why it is the sporting capital of the world, securing the future of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Phillip Island (south of Melbourne) until at least 2016.

The event, which attracted over 105,000 spectators in 2009 and was watched on television by fans in over 150 countries, joins many other international sporting events that have recently chosen Victoria, highlighting why Melbourne was crowned the world’s Ultimate Sports City for the third successive time this year.

Melbourne hosts the four largest annual sporting events in Australia - Australian Open Tennis, AFL Grand Final Week, Australian Formula One Grand Prix and the Spring Racing Carnival, with major events generating an estimated $1 billion per year in economic activity across Victoria - more than 0.5 per cent of GSP.

Other events to recently secure their futures in Victoria include the Formula One Grand Prix, Australian Open tennis, the Presidents Cup in 2011, the World Superbike Championships and the 2010 UCI Road World Championships.

Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events Tim Holding said securing the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix confirms Melbourne’s status as the sporting capital of the world.

“We are proud to support major sporting events that place Melbourne and Victoria in the national and international spotlight and boost tourism to our State.

“The MotoGP is continuing to grow and this year’s Championship could be decided between Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden and our very own Casey Stoner at Phillip Island later this year,” he said.

Mr Holding also released figures today that show Melbourne is the most popular city in Australia for interstate travellers, which is good news for Victoria’s economy.
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