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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.

VTIC

About the Author

VTIC

The peak body for Victoria's tourism and events industry, VTIC represents key industry associations and operators, with over 1400 members.

Events

march

20mar5:30 pm8:00 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: Fast Forward - Speed Networking5:30 pm - 8:00 pm RACV City Club, Bayside Room 4, Level 2

26mar9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Aboriginal Tourism Workshop9:00 am - 5:00 pm Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

28mar12:00 pm4:00 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: AFLW Grand Final Lunch12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Marvel Stadium

april

03apr6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC Spotlight on a Member at Melbourne Sealife Aquarium with Party Higher6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

17apr10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Skills of the Visitor Economy10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

may

01may12:00 pm2:30 pmVictorian Chamber and Melbourne Press Club present: Post-budget lunch with Tim Pallas MP12:00 pm - 2:30 pm The Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

08may6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member- Save the Date - Melbourne Cricket Ground6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

22may10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

30may9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Destination Melbourne LIVE9:00 am - 5:00 pm Arts Centre Melbourne - The Pavilion

june

05jun5:30 pm7:30 pmSpotlight on a Member- Floyd’s Aperitivo Bar5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

19jun10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

july

17julallday18allday2019 Vic Tourism Conference(All Day) GMHBA Stadium

august

21augallday23allday2019 Victorian Visitor Information Services Summit(All Day) Holmesglen at Eildon

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