Events get cash in tourism boost

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

NINE events in the re­gion will re­ceive a slice of $850,000 in a bid to boost tourism in the area.

Karri Val­ley Triathlon, Un­earthed Pem­ber­ton and the Make Smok­ing His­tory For­est Rally re­ceived fund­ing for the first time as part of the 2017-18 Re­gional Events Scheme.

This comes af­ter Nan­nup Flower and Gar­den Fes­ti­val, South­ern Art and Craft Trail, Blues at Bridgetown, Man­jimup Cherry Har­mony Fes­ti­val, Boyup Brook Coun­try Fes­ti­val and Nan­nup Mu­sic Fes­ti­val were awarded fund­ing for three years in 2015-16.

Tourism Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said events played an im­por­tant role in strength­en­ing the econ­omy by at­tract­ing vis­i­tors to the re­gion.

“Tourism is a key eco­nomic driver for re­gional West­ern Aus­tralia,” he said.

“In 2016, vis­i­tors spent $10 bil­lion in the State, in­clud­ing $4.7 bil­lion in re­gional ar­eas.”

The nine events are part of 62 re­gional events to re­ceive fund­ing.

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