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Tourism funding to boost student numbers visiting Canberra.

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Senator Gary Humphries Senator for the ACT

Date : Tuesday, 28 March 2006


Author : Sen. Gary Humphries

A project to further increase the number of school students from around Australia visiting the national capital was officially launched at Parliament House today by ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries.

The National Capital Attractions Association submitted the application Increase Visitation of Australian Students on School Excursions to the National Capital Region on behalf of the National Capital Education Tourism Project. The project received a $343,000 Australian Government grant under the Australian Tourism Development Program.

Senator Humphries congratulated National Capital Attractions Association on their innovative tourism project and presented representatives with an AusIndustry certificate in recognition of their contribution to tourism in the Canberra region.

"It's good to see Canberra entities working together on this project. It will provide opportunities for children all around Australia to visit the national capital and take in the attractions that provide innovative education programs that teach young Australians about our history, culture, civics and citizenship," Senator Humphries said

"The National Capital Educational Tourism Project is a joint initiative of the National Capital Authority, the ACT Government and the National Capital Attractions Association, the body representing all 35 National Capital Attractions.

"It was formed to assist schools in understanding the educational benefits of visiting the national capital and encouraging more to take the opportunity to visit for the first time."

Senator Humphries said one of main aims of the project was to attract schoolchildren to the national capital region during low visitation periods.

"Schools that have not visited in the previous three years are among the main targets, and markets will be developed from metropolitan, rural and regional Australia, and incentives implemented to increase the length of stay

in the region, and encourage school excursions," Senator Humphries said.

The Australian Government's $31 million Australian Tourism Development Program promotes innovative tourism projects and supports tourism development in regional and rural Australia.