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    Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Jann Stuckey

    Regional tourism organisations to receive $3 million in tourism grants

    Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games
    The Honourable Jann Stuckey

    Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Regional tourism organisations to receive $3 million in tourism grants

    Queensland tourism will receive a major boost with 22 regional projects sharing almost $3 million, as part of the Queensland Government’s Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO) Contestable Grants Funding Scheme.

    Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey said the grants would be used to leverage local tourism opportunities and support the Newman Government’s goal of doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020.

    “At the inaugural DestinationQ Forum held in Cairns last June, our Government increased the funding available to RTOs and these projects will help further boost tourism in Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said

    “The grants are in addition to the $4 million in core funding made available for the RTO network in 2013-14, bringing total government support to $7 million.

    “The successful applications include innovative proposals linked to DestinationQ outcomes and focus on marketing or product development opportunities that complement the Government’s wider tourism strategy.”

    Ms Stuckey said a committee was established to assess grant applications, which was made up of representatives from the Queensland Tourism Industry Council, Tourism Australia, Tourism and Events Queensland and the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.

    “RTOs were encouraged to leverage their own contributions towards projects with those from partners including local governments, local tourism organisations, industry and other partners,” she said.

    “Where grant applications have been successful, the State Government will match the destination’s cash contributions dollar-for-dollar.

    “In addition, RTOs are eligible to receive an extra 50 per cent for every dollar of new local government funds contributed to their successful projects.”

    Ms Stuckey said the Newman Government continued to focus on the importance of industry partnerships and the RTO Contestable Grant Scheme was a practical example of this.

    Summary of RTO Contestable Grants Funding Scheme 2013-14 by region.

    Regional Tourism Organisation

    Projects supported

    Total grant funding

    Brisbane Marketing

    China Partnership Strategy Phase 2

    $60,000

    Greater Brisbane Regional Campaign

    $285,000

    Total

    $345,000

    Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism

    Bundaberg Turtle Experience Campaign

    $75,000

    Bundaberg North Burnett Digital Information System

    $135,000

    Total

    $210,000

    Capricorn Enterprise

    Dig the Tropic

    $42,500

    Total

    $42,500

    Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited

    Promotion and Growth of Industrial Tourism for the Gladstone Region

    $20,000

    Total

    $20,000

    Gold Coast Tourism Corporation

    This is Gold Coast – Business Events Exchange

    $90,000

    Flight Centre Campaign

    $205,000

    Total

    $295,000

    Outback Queensland Tourism Association

    Outback Queensland Eventures Tourism Campaign

    $360,000

    Total

    $360,000

    Sunshine Coast Destination Limited

    Business Events: International and Domestic Growth Project

    $104,500

    Total

    $104,500

    Southern Queensland Country Tourism

    Southern Queensland Country Autumn Campaign – Phase 2

    $136,100

    Southern Queensland Country Club

    $74,000

    Total

    $210,100

    Townsville Enterprise

    Cruise, Learn and Explore Townsville North Queensland

    $134,000

    Corporate Social Responsibility for Business Events

    $64,030

    Total

    $198,030

    Tourism Fraser Coast

    Whale Education and Community Engagement Strategy

    $114,500

    Australia’s Nature Coast Partnership Strategy 2013-14

    $60,000

    Total

    $174,500

    Tourism Tropical North Queensland

    TNQ Paradise Campaign

    $265,000

    Drive North Queensland

    $230,000

    Sports Event Tourism

    $194,000

    Total

    $689,000

    Whitsundays Marketing & Development Ltd

    Airlie Beach Re-launch Project

    $125,000

    Whitsundays Winter Sale

    $150,000

    Weddings in the Whitsundays campaign

    $55,000

    Total

    $330,000

    [ENDS] 13 August 2013

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