THE effort to attract more international visitors to the Great Ocean Road took on a Chinese flavour recently.
Visitors to the Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre received the moon cake and green tea as part of the centre’s celebration of the Mid-Autumn Mooncake Festival, the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year.
The festival is celebrated widely in countries throughout south-east Asia.
The most recognisable part of this festival is the sharing of moon cake — a savoury lotus paste cake with an egg yolk at its centre.
The yolk symbolises the moon.
Port Campbell Visitor Information Centre coordinator Mark Cuthell said the reaction from international visitors was “priceless.”
“If you were travelling in China in December, it would mean a lot to you to be wished Merry Christmas and given a mince pie,” he said.
Local tourism operators were also invited to drop into the visitor information centre with their guests and were provided with a simplified Chinese welcome notice to display in their business.