CITROEN owners are driving up tourism in Bendigo this Easter, pouring thousands of dollars into the city's economy.
The first national meeting of Citroen clubs since the COVID-19 pandemic has drawn visitors to Bendigo from all over Australia.
Festivities started at Bendigo's All Seasons Hotel Resort on Friday, with the general manager of Citroen Australia among the invitees.
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The broader community had an opportunity to share in the Citroen appreciation with a car show on Saturday morning.
About 60 Citroens were part of the display on McCrae Street, Citroen Classic Owners Club president Ted Cross said.
One of the earliest Citroens on display dated back to 1955, Mr Cross said.
COVID-19 restrictions meant the car show was a ticketed event. The Citroen Car Show featured as part of the Eggs-plore Bendigo at Easter program.
Further events were scheduled for the rest of the weekend for Citroen club members, including opportunities to explore attractions in Bendigo and the broader region.
Mr Cross said club members had been made welcome and had been very well looked after.
"We've been really pleased," he said.
About 150 people are involved in this year's national meeting.
"We chose Bendigo because it's got the infrastructure we needed to have that many people," Mr Cross said.
He said the city's central location also made it an optimal point from which to explore other parts of Victoria.
Mr Cross expected the national meeting, hosted by the Citroen Classic Owners Club and the Citroen Car Club of Victoria, to inject about $100,000 into the Bendigo economy.
In addition to supporting the city's attractions and eateries, attendees at the national meeting are raising money for Sunshine Bendigo.
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