Events get cash in tourism boost
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.