Bid for new tourism cycle
Punto Cycling Holidays owner Vince Ulgiati believes South West roads are an attractive destination for cycling groups.
Mr Ulgiati visited Manjimup with a group of cyclists from Perth on Thursday, having spent the week riding in the South West Area— with days spent in Nannup and Dunsborough — as part of a tour run by his company.
“This a wonderful region for riding, absolutely stunning, with the forests,” he said.
“It’s quiet, the people are friendly, there is plenty of hotel accommodation, it has all the infrastructure that we need to bring people to this region.”
Mr Ulgiati said they were planning to bring more cyclists to the region, from the Eastern States and the South East Asian region when COVID-19 restrictions allowed international travel.
Southern Forests and Valleys Tourism Association chief executive Louise Stokes said attracting cycle tourism was a part of the association’s strategic plan.
“Southern forests and valleys is a really attractive destination for cyclists because the roads are less populated than on the coasts and in the metropolitan areas, so they are safer,” she said
“We have unique terrain, so we’ve got the hills and the valleys that are just magic to ride through.
“We also have the proximity to Margaret River and Busselton and Albany.”
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