Queensland events receive $1.4 million funding boost

Published on : Monday, November 4, 2013

Tourism QueenslandFifty-two events across the state will share $1.4 million in new funding under the latest round of the Tourism and Events Queensland Regional Development Program.


Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the funding would aid the delivery of events in regional Queensland, providing economic and social benefits to the host communities.


“The latest funding round supports a diverse calendar of Queensland events, ranging from sailing regattas to triathlons, food and wine festivals and arts and cultural celebrations,” Ms Stuckey said.


“Tourism and Events Queensland has created the most comprehensive portfolio of supported events of any state in Australia.


“Tourism ground to a halt under Labor, but is now in the middle of a revival under the Newman Government.


“As one of the four pillars of the economy, it’s exciting to see the tourism benefits that will come through these events across the state.


“The Queensland Government recognises the importance of events in driving visitation to regional communities, playing a key role in our goal to double Queensland’s annual overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.”


Ms Stuckey said that the 2013 DestinationQ Partnership Agreement noted that Queensland needs to deliver innovative and unique events and experiences that will leave visitors to Queensland with a lasting impression that drives repeat visitation.


“In addition to developing Queensland’s home-grown events, the latest round of the Regional Development Program will also see support provided for five new events to be held for the first time in 2014,” she said.


“Funding received through the Regional Development Program can be used for marketing activities to increase awareness of the event and destination, strategic planning, the engagement of short-term personnel and hire of temporary infrastructure.


The next Regional Development Program funding round is now open with applications closing on 14 February 2014 for events held between 1 October 2014 and 31 March 2016.


Source:- Tourism Queensland

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