Funds to help cen­tre move

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre has been se­lected among 36 cen­tres across WA to re­ceive fund­ing un­der the Re­gional Vis­i­tor Cen­tre Sus­tain­abil­ity Grant pro­gram.

The State Govern­ment grant will be used to help the ser­vice move into the new Nin­ga­loo Cen­tre, which is due for com­ple­tion next year.

Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre gen­eral man­ager Kristy Bryan-Smith said the move would im­prove vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence in Ex­mouth.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said the fund­ing helped cen­tres re­main vi­able in the chang­ing tourism land­scape.

“Vis­i­tor cen­tres in North West Cen­tral play a vi­tal role in boost­ing re­gional tourism, em­ploy­ment and skills de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“Over­all, vis­i­tor cen­tres em­ploy more than 900 lo­cal peo­ple and in­ject $117 mil­lion into the State’s econ­omy an­nu­ally.” Mr Cata­nia said re­search in­di­cated trav­ellers spent more time and money in an area when they used a vis­i­tor cen­tre.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Ex­mouth Vis­i­tor Cen­tre staff cel­e­brate their win­ning a host of awards.

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