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$1 million boost for Indigenous tourism in the Gold Coast



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Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism

$1 Million Boost for Indigenous Tourism in the Gold Coast 09 July 2012

A showcase of Aboriginal culture and Australian wildlife will be established on the Gold Coast through a $1 million Strategic Tourism Investment Grant (STIG).

The Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today announced STIG funding for four Indigenous tourism projects through the four-year, $40 million T-QUAL Grants program.

Gold Coast theme park Dreamworld received a $1 million grant to help convert its existing Wildlife Experience into the new Australian Aboriginal Wildlife Experience.

“The STIG funding will support the first of three stages of development that will help visitors engage with the new uniquely Australian experience,” Minister Ferguson said.

“It follows a previous T-QUAL Grant for Dreamworld to conduct a feasibility study and detailed business plan for the project.

“The theme park’s owners have worked closely with local traditional owners who consulted inbound tourism operators, particularly from Asia, to ensure the new attraction meets visitor expectations.

“The development of quality Indigenous tourism experiences, such as that being built here in Dreamworld will help ensure Australia’s ongoing competitiveness as a tourism destination.

“As well as showcasing local indigenous culture, Indigenous tourism products, even more importantly, provide real job opportunities for local Indigenous Australians and will have flow on benefits for the whole community.”

Queensland is one of Australia’s iconic tourism destinations, with the Gold Coast alone attracting over 3.3 million domestic and 740,000 international overnight visitors in the year ending March 2012. These visitors spent around $3.6 billion in the region.

T-QUAL Grants are awarded through a competitive, merit-based process to create sustainable economic growth in the tourism industry.

Further information is available at: www.ret.gov.au/TQUAL

Media Contact:

Cathryn Tilmouth 0401 222 941

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