ROUND TWO OF REGIONAL TOURISM FUNDING UP FOR GRABS

Marshall urges local tourism operators to apply

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall today encouraged local tourism operators to apply for new grants now available through Round Two of the 2015-16 Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF).

Mr Marshall said that the funds available for the 2015-16 financial year totaled $7.2 million, which is part of the $21.6 million record funding commitment, announced by the government in 2012.

“I encourage our local tourism industry to take advantage of this State Government funding to help drive visitation to our beautiful New England High Country and North West regions,” Mr Marshall said.

“This funding initiative is already reaping benefits for the region. Earlier in the year, a group of councils (Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla, Glen Innes, Tenterfield and Walcha) received a grant $158,500 through the RVEF to develop a marketing campaign, promoting touring routes in the New England High Country.

“Tourism is an absolutely vital part of our regional economy. The more people we can attract to experience our region and spend money while they are here the better.
This initiative provides a great opportunity for the tourism businesses within our local community to further develop their product within the domestic and international marketplace.

“I encourage our local tourism operators to apply soon so they don’t miss out.”

Mr Marshall said the RVEF was administered by the government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, providing investment into the regional visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis, and supporting projects that contribute to achieving the goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to NSW by 2020.

Further information on the Regional Visitor Economy Fund, including guidelines and the application form, is available from www.destinationnsw.com.au/rvef

Applications for round two of the 2015-16 Contestable Fund will close on Friday, 9 October. Applications for the Quarantined Fund will close on Friday, 30 November 2015.

All applications must be submitted using the online application form.

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