Regional tourism grant applicants announced

65 tourism projects across Australia being offered $13.1 million in Australian Government funding under the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Program.

The Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, joined the Federal Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today to announce the successful applicants from the first round of the program at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra.

“The Australian Government has allocated $48.5 million over four years to the TIRF Grants Program as part of its commitment to increasing the quality and range of visitor experiences in the regional Australia,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“I am pleased that Section 22 Barton Pty Ltd and Sridate Pty Ltd were successful applicants for the Canberra tourism region and were offered a combined $488,000 in funding as part of the 2013 round.

“These grants will assist Section 22 Barton Pty Ltd with their Little Darling Hotel common area enhancements project and Sridate Pty Ltd with their Giraffe Tree Houses project.

“All successful applicants demonstrated a strong understanding of how their project will contribute to the goals of the Tourism 2020 strategy. They identified market expectations and developed projects that will increase and extend visitation to regional areas and help support the Tourism 2020 objective to double overnight visitor expenditure up to $140 billion by 2020.

“Funding amounts of between $50,000 and $250,000 on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis will be provided to each successful applicant and will deliver a total investment amount of over $141 million for the industry.”

The successful projects range from studies and strategies, indigenous experiences, new accommodation services, upgrades to facilities, accommodation and attractions and new innovative products.

New South Wales had 14 successful applicants, Queensland and Western Australia had 11 each, South Australia ten, Victoria eight, Tasmania seven, the Australian Capital Territory three and the Northern Territory one.

Sixty-three per cent of the successful applications are T-QUAL accredited.

A list of successful grants can be accessed online at www.ret.gov.au/tirfgrants.

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