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$141 million of investment in regional tourism

March 18, 2013

Successful applicants for the first round of the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Program were announced on Friday (15th March) at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra.

Federal Tourism Minster Martin Ferguson congratulated the successful applicants and emphasised the importance of investment in quality tourism products.

Minster Ferguson stated "this first round of the TIRF program will see 65 tourism projects offered $13.1 million in government funding, with a total investment value over $141 million.

"The funded projects will deliver a wide range of projects, including new and upgraded accommodation, innovative new attractions for visitors such as water parks, playgrounds, agri-tourism ventures, wilderness camps and adventure trails - and new conference and function facilities."

Successful projects are spread across Australia, with 14 in New South Wales, 11 in both Queensland and Western Australia, ten in South Australia, eight in Victoria, seven in Tasmania, and one in the Northern Territory.

Minister Ferguson also opened the 2013 round of the T-QUAL GrantsTourism Quality Projects (TQP) Program and invited tourism businesses to submit applications.

He added "this is the third round of the T-QUAL GrantsTQP Program, which offers tourism industry operators the chance to apply for matched dollar-for-dollar grants of between $15,000 and $100,000 for innovative and high quality tourism projects.

"In previous rounds, we have funded projects that have generated benefits not only for the successful applicants, but for their local and regional economies.

"The Australian Government has committed $40 million for T-QUAL Grants over four years with 77 projects offered a total of $6.7 million of funding in the 2012 round."

Applications for the 2013 round of T-QUAL Grants- TQP Program close on 3rd May 2013.

For more information call the T-QUAL Grants Hotline on 02 6243 7604 or click on the link below.

tqualgrants@ret.gov.au
http://www.ret.gov.au/tqual

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