To be attributed to Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Paul Guerra:
“Today’s announcement that Victoria will host the 2026 Commonwealth Games is sensational news for our whole state and cements our reputation as the sporting and events capital of the world.
“As demonstrated by Formula 1 Grand Prix last weekend, no other part of the world does major events like Victoria. The Commonwealth Games will showcase not just Melbourne but also our magnificent regional areas in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gippsland on the global stage.
“It will provide a significant boost for regional economies and be welcomed by local businesses which will benefit from the influx of visitors. It will also lead to increased investment in regional Victoria in housing, infrastructure, tourism and jobs.
“The Victorian Chamber is proud to support this iconic event and looks forward to Victoria continuing to acquire more major events to complement our already strong calendar.”