WAFunding Boost As Visitor Centres Look To The Future

Published on : Saturday, April 30, 2016

Albany_visitor_centreRegional visitor centres are invited to apply for State Government funding towards initiatives that will help them stay viable and adaptable in the changing tourism landscape.

 

More than $1 million is available in the latest round of the Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program, made possible by Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.

 

The program, worth $4.2 million over three years, recognises the vital role of visitor centres in boosting regional tourism and employment.

 

Research has found that people tend to spend more time and money in an area when they use a visitor centre. Overall, visitor centres employ more than 900 local people and inject $117 million into the State’s economy annually.

 

As more travellers go online for information and bookings, the grant program aims to help visitor centres explore ways to adapt their traditional business models to stay relevant and viable.

 

The grant program’s first funding round, in 2015-16, supported 39 visitor centres from places as diverse as Carnarvon, Chittering, Esperance, Roebourne and Nannup. Projects included website development, improved signage, accreditation and a mobile visitor centre in Geraldton.

 

Applications for the second funding round close at 5pm on Friday June 17.

 

Accredited visitor centres or local government authorities can apply for grants between $40,000 and $100,000. Non-accredited centres working towards accreditation can apply for grants between $5,000 and $40,000.

 

 

Source:- Tourism Western Australia

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