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Regional tourism facilities receive $1.1 million boost

Posted On January 22, 2016

The Western Australian government is dedicating $1.1 million towards upgrading 39 visitor centres across the state.

Acting Minister for Tourism, Helen Morton, said applicants have been ranked in terms of urgency and utility.

"Research shows tourists who use visitor centres tend to stay in a region longer and spend more money," Morton said.

"However, a lot of regional visitor centres have found that with more people booking accommodation and tours online, traditional sources of income are drying up.”

The investment forms part the state government's Regional Visitor Centre Sustainability Grants Program.

Successful applicants have included Carnarvon, Chittering, Esperance, Roebourne and Nannup, with upgrades ranging from significant to minor.

Minister for Regional Development, Terry Redman, said tourism was a rapidly growing regional sector. 

"Royalties for Regions will be investing $4.2 million in regional visitor centres over the next three years, with round two to be launched in March 2016," Redman said.

"Improving visitor experiences means more jobs and opportunities for local communities."

Accredited visitor centres or local government authorities can apply for grants between $10,000 and $100,000.

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