VTIC has welcomed the announcement of the first round of Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund grants, with more than $1.2 million allocated to Victoria, and we are also encouraging members to apply for the industry-wide TQUAL grants program. Other activities this month have included hosting a policy workshop in Bendigo and welcoming the State Government’s proposed planning changes for the Alpine National Park and Falls Creek Alpine Resort.
VTIC held a regional workshop in Bendigo on 20 March, hearing from local operators on the issues that concern them most. Around 25 participants took part in the session and key issues raised included the difficult industrial relations environment, labour and skills shortages and the need to invest in new product and accommodation. These themes were consistent with those discussed at VTIC’s earlier policy forums in Melbourne, Ballarat and Shepparton.
Congratulations to all recipients of Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund grants (TIRF), which were announced on 15 March. Victoria received eight grants, to the value of more than $1.2 million. Among the winners were the Sovereign Hill Museums Association and Boynton’s Feathertop Winery.
View the full list of TIRF recipients.
The 2013 Tourism Quality Projects Grants (TQUAL grants) round is now open. TQUAL offers grants of between $15,000 and $100,000 on a matched funding basis. Unlike TIRF grants, TQUAL is open to all in the tourism industry, not just those in regional areas. Applications close at 5pm on 3 May.
For further information, please visit the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism’s website.
Alpine National Parks re-zoning
VTIC supported the introduction of a bill to parliament adjusting the boundaries of the Alpine National Park and Falls Creek Alpine Resort. The move will enhance the visitor experience and allow increased appropriate investment in the region.
Click here to see the related VTIC media release.
Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign
Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign was launched this month. As of today, 400,000 applications have been lodged! The $4 million campaign puts six jobs on offer around Australia, with the lucky winners receiving a $50,000 wage and $50,000 to cover travel expenses. The ‘best’ Victorian job is that of a ‘lifestyle photographer’. Targeting the youth market, the campaign is designed to generate positive word-of-mouth publicity.
For more information, visit the Tourism Australia’s ‘Best Jobs in the World’ campaign website.
National Visitor Survey (NVS) results
The latest NVS results were a mixed bag for Victoria. Overall expenditure by domestic tourists grew 4.3 per cent to $10.3 billion in the year ending December 2012, while arrivals increased 1.8 per cent to 18 million. The results for regional Victoria were disappointing, with expenditure falling one per cent to $4.3 billion. That said, day trip expenditure in regional Victoria grew 5.2 per cent to $2.6 billion and overnight visitation to regional Victoria increased 1.4 per cent to 11.4 million.