LOCAL tourism operators still have time to apply for a share of the $2.25 million available through the NSW government’s Regional Visitor Economy Fund.
In a joint statement, Kiama MP Gareth Ward and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock said the funding provided a great boost for regional tourism operators.
“The Regional Visitor Economy Fund provides funding for the regional tourism operators to grow their business, which in turn boosts the local economy through the injection of expenditure,” Mr Ward said.
He said with visitor expenditure in regional NSW worth more than $13.7 billion to year end September 2013, and more than 95,600 tourism businesses in NSW, this funding provided essential support.
“The Regional Visitor Economy Fund for 2013-2014 totals $7.2 million for the regional tourism industry for the 2013-2014 financial year,” Mrs Hancock said.
“This funding provides a great opportunity for our local tourism providers across the region to access funding that will help them to develop and promote their tourism products to visitors both in Australia and overseas.”
The funding is awarded through a competitive application process.
Regional NSW operators intending to apply for this second contestable round of the Regional Visitor Economy Fund need to have their applications lodged with Destination NSW by close of business Friday, January 31.
Further information on the Regional Visitor Economy Fund, including guidelines, frequently asked questions and the regional visitor economy fund application form, is available on the Destination NSW website at www.destinationsw.com.au/rvet