Member for Manly, James Griffin said today’s business forum has provided a unique launching pad for ‘Making Manly Great Again’.

Mr Griffin said “Recent data indicates the local economy hasn’t fully recovered from the impact of COVID.

“In response I called today’s meeting of hospitality and visitor economy operators to consider ways of revitalising the economy for Manly and the surrounding suburbs.”

Key speakers included General Manager, Tourism Development NRMA, Michael Betteridge who said Manly is a unique beachside destination.

He said, “The domestic economy is the powerhouse in terms of visitor spend. Day tripping is the unsung hero of what we do in the visitor economy. If we can build a vibrant destination for day trippers in Sydney, that vibrancy attracts people from all over the State and then overseas,” Mr Betteridge said.

Co-Founder and Director of ‘Night at the Barracks’, Cameron Coghlan expressed excitement over the forum’s success.

“Such an incredible opportunity to chat with local businesses in the area and build the camaraderie between us all.

“It would be great if ‘Night at the Barracks’ can be one of the vehicles to show off Manly and all the amazing businesses in the area," he said.

Mr Griffin said the turn-out was fantastic and the comments and positive proposals were excellent.

“I’m excited for the future of Manly and the surrounding suburbs as we work together on implementing ideas from the forum, including a ‘Calendar of Compelling Events’.

“I thank all those who participated, including Manly Business Chamber representatives, local business operators, associates, and key speakers.

“We are on track to ‘Making Manly Great Again’,” Mr Griffin said.

James Griffin MP addresses the 'Making Manly Great Again' Forum

James Griffin MP addresses the 'Making Manly Great Again' Forum