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Published on : Tuesday, January 26, 2016
In a bid to help drive innovation and breathe new life into visitor centres, the State Government’s Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants Program has pumped in $1.1 million into thirty-nine visitor centres across regional Western Australia.
The grants program has been made possible by Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions.
Acting West Australia Tourism Minister Helen Morton said the successful applicants came from all corners of the State and would use the money on projects to help secure their financial future.
“Research shows tourists who use visitor centres tend to stay in a region longer and spend more money,” Mrs Morton said.
“However, a lot of regional visitor centres have found that with more people booking accommodation and tours online, traditional sources of income are drying up.
“Successful applicants include places as diverse as Carnarvon, Chittering, Esperance, Roebourne and Nannup, with projects ranging from website development to improved signage and, in the case of Geraldton, even creating a mobile visitor centre to move throughout the region.
“Visitor centres will play a crucial role in helping the State Government achieve its goal of increasing the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said tourism was a rapidly growing regional sector.
“Royalties for Regions will be investing $4.2 million in regional visitor centres over the next three years, with round two to be launched in March 2016,” Mr Redman said.
“Improving visitor experiences means more jobs and opportunities for local communities.”
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