$133 Million for Tourism and Events

The NSW government’s $133 million investment in tourism and events in the 2011-12 budget will generate and support thousands of jobs and help NSW realise its full potential as Australia’s number one tourism and event destination.

Minister for tourism and major events, George Souris said the NSW budget includes more than $70 million investment in events attraction and promotion and an additional $15 million boost to help the state’s tourism sector secure a sustainable future.

Spending proposals for the 2011-12 NSW budget allocation include:

• More than $70 million investment in the NSW Events Calendar covering events such as Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Bledisloe Cup and World Touch Football Championships

• Total investment of $15.6 million for regional tourism, including a new Regional Product Development Fund backed by an additional $5 million and ongoing funding for regional tourism organisations of $5.1 million

• Investment of $7 million in marketing initiatives to promote Sydney.

ATEC managing director, Felicia Mariani said the budget delivered by the O’Farrell government shows a strong commitment to the promotion and development of tourism, recognising the important role it plays in driving the NSW economy.

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