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Budget Wrap 2013

29 /05/ 2013 Comments are Closed

Read on for a wrap-up from VTIC’s Policy Manager Letitia Hatton of how the tourism industry fared in the recently announced state and federal budgets. She is also seeking your input for VTIC’s submissions into the many state government strategies currently being developed.

Victorian Budget

The 2013-14 Victorian Budget allocated an additional $24 million to Tourism Victoria for marketing ($8 million each for international, regional and China in-market activities). Other tourism and events-related funding included the pre-budget announcement of nearly $12 million for maintenance at Federation Square and $18 million for Victoria’s International Education Strategy. VTIC was disappointed that the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre extension was not funded.

To read the media release from Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher, click here. To read VTIC’s media release, click here.

Federal Budget

At $130 million, Tourism Australia’s funding remained steady in the Federal Budget (though it was lower than in previous years).  The Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund and T-QUAL grants were allocated $18.7 million over four years and $12.5 million was earmarked for the Asian Marketing Fund. The application fee for 457 visas increased from $455 to $900. For further information, see the Federal Minister for Tourism Gary Gray’s media release here.

In progress: State Government tourism strategies

A number of state government strategies are being created, including a Regional Tourism Strategy 2013-16, a 10-year Aboriginal Tourism Plan and an updated Victorian Trails Strategy. VTIC is preparing submissions for each of these processes and would welcome any member comment. Email Letitia Hatton at lhatton@vtic.com.au.

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The voice of the Victorian tourism industry, representing key industry associations, operators and government agencies.

Events

may

31may10:00 am- 12:00 pmMornington Peninsula Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session10:00 am - 12:00 pm Green Olive at Red Hill

june

1jun1:00 pm- 3:00 pmPhillip Island Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
5jun9:30 am- 11:30 amYarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session9:30 am - 11:30 am RACV Healesville Country Club
7jun1:00 pm- 3:00 pmGrampians Tourism Excellence and Awards Information Session1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Royal Mail Hotel
7jun5:30 pm- 7:30 pmVTIC Mixer Series 2017 - June Tourism Networking Event5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Radission Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne

july

24jul - 25jul 249:00 amjul 252017 Victorian Tourism Conference9:00 am - 5:00 pm (25) Flemington Racecourse

august

10aug6:00 pm- 8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Alert! Crisis Management6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Crown College

october

10oct6:00 pm- 8:00 pmYoung Tourism Network presents: Career Blueprints6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Crown College