Victorian regional tourism has received a significant funding boost, in news that could positively affect students undertaking tourism training in the area. The state government has announced it will be providing $75,000 through Tourism Victoria's Country Victoria Events Program.
A total of19 different regional events will share in the funding, spanning a range of music, performing arts, food, wine and more. In 2014, several established events will be receiving ongoing support thanks to the financial boost.
This includes KidsFest, the Lorne Festival of Performing Arts, the Mildura Jazz Food and Wine Festival, Opera in the Alps and more.
The Country Victoria Events Program is aimed at supporting regional events throughout the state. It provides up to $10,000 for each event to help with marketing and delivery, with an overall goal of maximising the benefit for the local community and the economy.
"This funding is an important part of the Coalition Government's ongoing commitment to supporting Victoria's growing regional tourism industry," said Louise Asher, minister for Tourism and Major Events in a May 29 statement.
"Tourism plays a significant role in the economic development of regional Victoria and has been integral to revitalising a number of regional areas, with the development of existing and new events proving to be a key strategy for securing ongoing growth."
The tourism sector has an important role to play in regional Victoria. During the 2011-12 period, it was responsible for bringing in $10.9 billion and employing over 109,000 people either directly or indirectly.
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[Press Release] Asher: Regional tourism to benefit from $75,000 funding boost (Media Release)