VTIC believes that Regional Tourism Boards (RTBs) are vital for providing regional leadership on tourism issues and we want to see increased support for these important community-based voices. RTBs are pivotal in providing a conduit between local businesses and Tourism Victoria. They have also demonstrated their leadership versatility by acting in senior coordination roles during bushfires and floods.
These are important institutions which have been underfunded for too long.
VTIC will continue to advocate to the Minister for increased funding to RTBs and we hope that the government will have more to say about this issue in 2014.