Fraser Coast secures funding to assist tourism
The Fraser Coast has secured $22,000 under the Australian Government’s Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure program (TDDI) to help local tourism businesses flourish and attract more visitors to the region. This project is among 36 tourism industry capability projects to get the green light as part of a package funded by the TDDI program.
The TDDI program, commenced in 2014-15, will invest $43.1 million over four years from 2014-18 – including $7.86 million in Queensland – to drive tourism demand through building capability and tourism infrastructure which will provide a boost to local attractions and the businesses that depend on them, particularly in regional areas.
The Queensland TDDI program is administered by the Department of Tourism , Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. The tourism industry capability projects are managed by Queensland Tourism Industry Council.
The Honourable Kate Jones MP, Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism and Major Events, congratulated the funding recipients. Minister Jones said the projects would help build the tourism industry’s ability to offer better experiences for Queensland visitors.
“Better visitor experiences help to draw more visitors to Queensland and create more business opportunities and jobs for our state,” Minister Jones said.
“These are exciting initiatives that will make a real difference to our tourism operators and our visitors, by improving the quality and delivery of tourism products, services and experiences.”
Invest Fraser Coast’ (FCO) interim General Manager, Leigh Bennett, welcomed the funding which has been helping local tourism businesses improve quality and capabilities to capitalise on the destination’s renowned offerings.
“These funds have already assisted in reaching the goals of the Destination Tourism Plan to become a top tier destination in terms of nature encounters, events, marine based activities and more.
“The workshops and forums will contribute to increasing visitation and lengthening stay across the region. Already, we have seen some fantastic outcomes including relationships between operators and community groups to build packages and new products,” Mr Bennett said.
The funds will be used, along with the matching funds provided by FCO, for an ongoing Trade Mentoring Program and have already delivered the Event Boot Camp on February 24-25 and Agritourism Forum on February 29.
“Sharing the story of our local, wild catch seafood with other passionate locals is always a pleasure. These workshops gave us the opportunity to connect, develop relationships and our products that will not only better our events and services, but also the Fraser Coast as a whole,” Ms Lewthwaite said.
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