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NSW Tourism, Sport and Major Events Ministerial appointment gets industry backing

NSW Tourism, Sport and Major Events Ministerial appointment gets industry backing
April 13, 2015

The recent appointment of Stuart Ayres as NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, in addition to his role as Minister for Sport and Recreation, in the new NSW Government has been welcomed by the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).

The pro-development lobby grouip has also welcomed the appointment of Andrew Constance as Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond said that the appointment of experienced and senior ministers bodes well for these two areas of such importance to the economy of NSW.

Osmond stated “the Baird government committed to a major boost to tourism during the state election which will set a new benchmark for states and territories around Australia.

“The 25% increase in funding for Destination NSW promised by the Premier will mean that NSW is better placed to market the state in major markets like Asia and expand NSW’s events program, which is an important demand driver for domestic and international visitors.

“It will put NSW at the front of the pack across Australia in attracting tourists and we look forward to working with Minister Ayres to deliver this commitment to Destination NSW.”

Other Ministers having responsibility for leisure portfolios include:

• Deputy Premier Troy Grant as Minister for the Arts and Minister for Racing;
• Mark Speakman as Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage;
• Paul Toole as Minister for Local Government; and
• Jillian Skinner as Minister for Health.

In relation to Deputy Premier Grant’s appointment as Arts Minister, Osmond added “we are also pleased that a minister as senior as the Deputy Premier will retain responsibility for the arts.

 “Sydney’s cultural offering is an important reason for visitors to come to NSW and the government’s commitment to projects like upgrading the world-renowned Opera House and expanding the Walsh Bay arts precinct will add to what the state has to offer.”

NSW Premier Mike Baird has outlined an ambitious agenda for the arts, sport, tourism and venues prior to and during the NSW State election.

29th March 2015 - RE-ELECTED NSW PREMIER TO NOW DELIVER ON ELECTION COMMITMENTS TO LEISURE

16th February 2015 - NSW GOVERNMENT TO BOOST TOURISM AND EVENTS SPENDING

25th November 2014 - ART AND SPORT TO BENEFIT AS PART OF $20 BILLION NSW INFRASTRUCTURE VISION


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