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Press Release Ref: 1484 Published: 15/4/2005 Title: Developing Tourism for the Future

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, is urging tourism operators in Eden-Monaro to apply for funding under the Australian Government’s Round 2 of the Australian Tourism Development Program, which supports initiatives that will promote tourism development in regional and rural Australia.

The Australian Tourism Development Program is part of the Government’s Tourism White Paper, which has allocated more than $31 million to the program which offers grants ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 in two categories.

“In many instances tourist attractions are the heart and soul of many communities. The grants provide local tourism operators with the opportunity to develop, expand and promote the attractions on offer in the area,” Mr Nairn said.

“Australia has a vibrant tourism industry with many attractions spread across the country providing overseas visitors and interstate travellers with an opportunity to experience and enjoy the many facilities.

Mr Nairn said that increasing visitor numbers to the tourism facilities in Eden-Monaro through enhanced products and services also helps to boost the local economy by creating extra jobs in the community.

Mr Nairn said the Eden-Monaro supports more than five and a half thousand jobs or 9.5 per cent, almost double the national percentage, of the workforce in the tourism industry. Eden-Monaro has the highest tourism share of employment in NSW and the fourth highest in

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“It is also a significant export earner, and importantly, about 48 cents in every tourism dollar is spent in regional Australia,” Mr Nairn said

The Australian Tourism Development Program is a merit-based grants program with a total of $9.5 million available in this round. Applications for Round 2 will close on Wednesday 15 June 2005. Further information on the ATDP can be found at the AusIndustry website www.ausindustry.gov.au or the AusIndustry Hotline on 13 28 46.

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