Stellar summer for tourism By Andrea Kellett

Buckle up and enjoy the ride this summer on the Mornington Peninsula.

We have a brand new world-class restaurant, cellar door and sculpture park at Point Leo Estate in Merricks; we await the opening of two new breweries; and we watch work steam ahead on the $150 million RACV Cape Schanck Resort redevelopment. It’s fair to say it’s all go on the tourism front.

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Mornington Peninsula Magazine caught up with Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism’s operations and industry relations director Angela Cleland to discuss all things tourism as we head into the summer holiday season.

“Yes, there’s a lot going on,” Ms Cleland responds when asked if it’s a busy time on the tourism front right now.  As we speak, she’s preparing for a visit by Victoria’s Tourism Minister, she’s fresh from meeting the team at Point Leo Estate and she’s looking ahead with excitement to the Victorian Tourism Awards.

“We’ve got 10 organisations across the Peninsula up for Tourism Awards, and we’ve always fared well there.”

Ms Cleland said the RACV Cape Schanck Resort redevelopment, due for completion in July, was coming along well and two new breweries were due to open - Jetty Road Brewery in Dromana’s industrial estate and St Andrews Beach Brewery on a former thoroughbred training property in Fingal, previously owned by the Freedman brothers.

As the region’s only 200-plus room, 4.5-star resort and conference centre, the redeveloped RACV Cape Schanck Resort is expected to boost the number of large-scale events and conferences held on the Peninsula and significantly increase tourism.

Ms Cleland pointed to the successful 2017 Peninsula Cup Day on November 5, which saw crowds of about 8000, and to the new Beer, Cider & Spirits Trail (visitmp.org/BCSTrail) as recent highlights. The trail invites visitors and residents alike to sip their way through the home-grown flavours of the Mornington Peninsula. It lists 10 pretty cool venues. Get amongst it.

* Read about our Victorian Tourism Award winners in the next issue of Mornington Peninsula Magazine.