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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

january

23jan2:00 pm3:30 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: Fair Work Update2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Online

february

06feb6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member at Auscarts Racing6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Auscarts Racing

12feb9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Playful Tourism9:00 am - 5:00 pm Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

12feb5:45 pm7:30 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: Business After Dark5:45 pm - 7:30 pm Marvel Stadium

19feb8:00 am10:00 amVictorian Chamber Presents: ignite+Swinburne8:00 am - 10:00 am Swinburne Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre

20feb10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

26feb8:30 am3:00 pmFeatured2019 VTIC Visitor Economy Forum and Tourism Australia Industry Briefing8:30 am - 3:00 pm Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

march

06mar6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

15mar7:45 am10:00 amVictorian Chamber Presents: Grand Prix Breakfast7:45 am - 10:00 am Carousel

20mar10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

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 pmSpotlight on a Member- Save the Date6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

17apr10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

may

01may6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member- Save the Date6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

june

05jun6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member- Save the Date6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

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