THE Australian Snooker Goldfields Open will return to Bendigo for two more years.
The city has secured the major international sporting event for 2014 and 2015.
Tourism and Major Events minister Louise Asher said the state government was delighted to announce the event would remain in Bendigo.
“The Victorian Government is proud to continue its support of the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open as the event provides significant broadcast exposure, showcasing the region across 60 countries including China and the United Kingdom," she said.
“The event is expected to generate continued economic benefit for Bendigo and the State over the next two years.
“Major events, like the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open, create a substantial impact on tourism to regional Victoria.
"This of course translates into great business and employment opportunities for people in regional Victoria, as well as great prospects for the local community to experience world class events in their own city.”
Northern Victoria members Wendy Lovell and Damian Drum both welcomed the announcement.
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said he was thrilled to keep the tournament in Bendigo until 2015.
The Australian Snooker Goldfields Open will be held at Bendigo Stadium from 30 June to 6 July this year.