$4 million boost for regional tourism

17 Sep 2012 4:21 PMJann Stuckey

Monday, September 17, 2012

Regional tourism organisations (RTOs) will take a lead role in revitalising Queensland’s tourism industry thanks to an injection of almost $4 million from the Newman Government.

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the state’s 13 RTOs could apply to share in $3.89 million in additional funding for marketing and development activity through the Contestable Grants Scheme.

This was in addition to the $3.11 million core funding already provided to the RTOs each year.

“At the Destination Q forum in June, the Newman government committed to doubling existing funding for RTO’s in recognition of their vital role at the frontline of our tourism sector,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Organisations are encouraged to submit innovative, future-focused proposals that will help us to reach our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.

“Successful projects may take the form of cooperative marketing, product development, market intelligence or trade events.”

Ms Stuckey said projects developed in partnership with other groups would maximise the impact of funding and bolster the strength of applications.

“To help us drive a whole-of-industry solution, RTOs are encouraged to submit applications which may include local government, tourism organisations or industry,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Depending on the project requirements, the State Government will usually match the funding contribution of project partners dollar-for-dollar.

“I encourage local RTOs to get together with partners and develop proposals that will help take our industry forward.”

The Contestable Grants Scheme is administered by Tourism Queensland. Guidelines are available from Tourism Queensland with applications closing on October 19.

[ENDS] 17 September 2012