PLACES to stay and eat, buying tickets and sharing travel pictures are features of the North East’s $300,000 tourism website launched yesterday.
Eighteen town websites with a regional page was a key Tourism North East strategy to lure visitors to the region when it started two years ago.
The first of the 18 pages — Rutherglenvic.com — was launched at Beechworth yesterday.
It pulls together the town’s accommodation, wineries, events, restaurants and history with links to Facebook and Twitter.
Tourism North East chief Sara Quon said pages for Falls Creek, Mansfield-Mount Buller, Yackandandah, King Valley, Beechworth, Bright, Dinner Plain, Harrietville, Myrtleford, Mount Beauty, Benalla, Chiltern, Corryong, Tallangatta, Wangaratta and Glenrowan would follow over six months.
She said an overall page would showcase events and visitors could post favourite pictures.
“The platform puts the North East at the forefront of digital marketing and ensures operators can maximise online opportunities,” she said.
Ms Quon said the “High Country” section would remain.
She said the site provided the ability to plan, book, pay across multiple destinations and buy an event ticket and a night’s accommodation at the same time.
“They are simple things and we need to make travel to our region simple,” she said.
Mandy Jones, from Rutherglen’s Jones Winery & Vineyard said the “fabulous” site would drive visitors to the business.
“It’s very important for us to have a good presence at Rutherglenvic.com,” she said.
Councils, resorts and the state government provided funding for the site.