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Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Travel and tourism FAQs

General FAQs

Where is the best place to get all of the information I need?
For brochures and information on the Games, as well as Melbourne, Victoria, our attractions, beaches, restaurants, wineries, golf tours and more – visit the Melbourne Visitor Centre at Federation Square. Find out more about the Melbourne Visitor Centre at visitvictoria.com.

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Where are most of the international visitors coming from?
People will travel to the Commonwealth Games from all over the globe. There are 71 nations that make up the Commonwealth, however it is expected that the majority of our international visitors will arrive from seven markets: New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and India. To find out more about our international markets visit Tourism Victoria's corporate Website at www.tourismvictoria.com.au/research.

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Are there corporate packages?
Yes. The Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation has established a corporate hospitality program to assist with all your corporate hosting needs. Find out more about the Games Corporate Hospitality program.

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Are there special programs for backpackers?
During major events, Melbourne hostels are brimming with backpackers who often pick up events associated work and stay in Melbourne to soak up the party atmosphere. To find out about the dedicated backpacker program for the Games visit backpackvictoria.com.

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Will Melbourne hotels cope with demand?
Yes. It is forecast that we have adequate accommodation to match demand. A room-bank has been established and is being supported by the Melbourne hotel industry. Visit the Travel section of this Website for more information on Games accommodation.

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What else is there to do in Melbourne?
Melbourne will be buzzing with both athletic and cultural performances during March with the Games, but there's always plenty on offer to occupy kids of all ages in the city and beyond. Spend a few hours in the famous shopping arcades, stroll along St Kilda’s foreshore or visit the Melbourne Zoo, one of our many attractions. If you have a bit more time, consider a short trip to one of Victoria’s regions. It’s all so easy to see and do. Visit visitvictoria.com to get more on the how and where and what.

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What is Festival Melbourne2006?
Festival Melbourne 2006 is twelve days of non-stop music, dance, circus, street theatre and visual arts from all the corners of the Commonwealth that will add an extra sparkle to your whole Games experience. Best of all, everything's free! To learn more, visit the Festival Melbourne2006 section of this Website.

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Where do I get images of Melbourne and Victoria?
Visions of Victoria is an online image library bursting with photographs, video footage and digital files of Melbourne and Victoria. Visit Visions of Victoria at visionsofvictoria.com and download high- and low-resolution images of Melbourne and Victoria to illustrate your Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games coverage.

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Travel and tourism industry FAQs

Can I get tickets for my guests?
Yes, getting tickets is easy! Visit the ticketing section of this Website to book your tickets now.

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What should my business do to capitalise on the Games?
The Victorian Government has developed a Commonwealth Games Business Benefits program that promotes initiatives for all Victorian businesses to maximise the benefits from the Games. More information can be found on the Business Ready program by visiting www.business.vic.gov.au.

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Can I get Games promotional and display material?
Yes. Lombard, the Paper People has a great range of promotional material for the Games. Visit the Lombard Website www.lombard.com.au for further information.

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Are there Official Visitor Guides?
Yes. An Official Visitor Guide has been developed in collaboration with the Victorian tourism industry. You can pick up your free Guide at the Melbourne Visitor Centre, Federation Square or by calling 132 842.

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My business is located in regional Victoria. How can I get involved?
Festival Melbourne 2006 will reach out across the state during the twelve days of the Games with festivals in four major Victorian regional centres: Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Moe, which will also be designated 'live sites' with big screens broadcasting live sporting events and Games highlights. You can also encourage your visitors to visit the visitor information centres in your region. All centres have been briefed on the Games and are aware of the changes and opportunities during this time.

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How do I source tourism research for my business or study?
Visit the following Websites to find further information on events and tourism:

  • Tourism Victoria's corporate Website www.tourism.vic.gov.au/research
  • Tourism Australia Website www.tourism.australia.com/research
  • The Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) Website www.cauthe.com.au/newAboutCAUTHE.htm

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How do I get more information?
Please contact the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Tourism Program with any further questions.

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