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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.