WELCOME: Victorian delegates take a tour of the Cheese Making Workshop in Emerald Beach.
WELCOME: Victorian delegates take a tour of the Cheese Making Workshop in Emerald Beach.

New connections ready for take-off

ASK Melbourne-based journalist Megan Miller what Victorians think of Coffs Harbour and she replies: “I think there are lots of people who think it’s in Queensland.”

It’s a misconception that could soon be put right, thanks to this week’s launch of Tigerair’s Coffs Harbour to Melbourne service.

Ms Miller was part of a delegation of Victorian media representatives, conference organisers and public relations officers who boarded Wednesday’s maiden flight to experience what our region has to offer.

The two-day tour was organised by Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour Airport and Tigerair in a move to foster Coffs Harbour’s profile among our southern cousins.

“Now we have direct flights we need to build that service because it’s a great economic value for our region,” Pacific Bay Resort’s Jodie Evans said.

“We’ve brought delegates from all over Victoria with the idea of showcasing Coffs Harbour as a great conferencing destination and to encourage tourism.”

The delegation toured Dolphin Marine Magic, experienced The Cheese Making Workshop in Emerald Beach and engaged in a host of other activities.

Conference organiser Savio D’sa said it had been “a beautiful experience”.

“It’s a really unique destination – I’m already thinking of when I can bring a group here,” he said.

Ms Miller, a Herald Sun journalist, said the new flights would make the two cities more accessible.

“I think a lot of people think of Noosa or Byron but Coffs Harbour is closer, there’s a great foodie scene here and it gives another option for holiday-makers,” she said.



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