Published on : Friday, April 29, 2016
The second round of Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grant Program is now open made possible by Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions. Regional visitor centres can apply for State Government funding towards initiatives that will help them stay viable and adaptable in the changing tourism landscape.
Centres can apply to share in more than $1 million.
The 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.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the program, worth $4.2 million over three years, recognised the vital role of visitor centres in boosting regional tourism and employment.
“Tourism is a $4 billion industry for regional Western Australia. Research shows that people spend more time and money in an area when they use a visitor centre,” Mr Barnett said.
“As more travellers go online for information and bookings, visitor centres are looking to adapt their traditional business models to stay relevant and viable.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would help strengthen regional tourism, employment and skills development.
“Visitor centres have a wealth of local knowledge that enhance the tourism experience and help visitors discover the best of what the regions have to offer,” Redman said.
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