Fly the Flag parade sparks tourism boost

MORE than $50,000 in tourism dollars was injected into the local economy this week as 200 classic cars and 400 people traveled through town.

The car enthusiasts from Victoria arrived in Cooma on Tuesday afternoon travelling in their All British Classic Cars for the annual RACV Fly the Flag Tour. They departed on Wednesday morning from the Cooma Car Club before heading off to Bombala and continuing on the rest of their 1,300 kilometre journey.

Cooma Visitors Centre tourism manager Donna Smith said the tour was a great boost to the local economy, particularly in what is generally the low tourism season.

She said there was barely a bed available at any of the motels in town on Tuesday night.

"Whilst the group will only be in town for around 24 hours it is estimated that they will inject over $50,000 into the local community during that time with accommodation, fuel, meals and incidental spending. Great tourism during what is generally known as our low season," she said.

On Tuesday night they enjoyed dinner at the Cooma Multi Function Centre put on by the Lions Club, then on Wednesday morning the streets of Cooma came alive with excitement as the veteran, vintage and classic cars travelled through town.

Students from Cooma Public School and St Patrick's Parish School lined Soho and Murray Streets to cheer the cars through town for the 'Fly the Flag parade' as they headed to Bombala to continue their journey.

The tour took the cars through Noble Park, Churchill, Bainsdale, Orbost, Cann River, Eden, Pambula, Marimbula, Bega, Tilba Tilba, Beramgui, Cooma, Bombala, Lakes Entrance, Maffra, Traralgon finishing at Yarra Glen.

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