$480,000 TO SUPPORT THE THRIVING TOURISM INDUSTRY IN NEW SOUTH WALES

Tourism in New South Wales will receive a $480,000 boost provided through the Australian Government's Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) programme and matched by the State Government.

The federal Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, and NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, were in Newcastle this morning to announce three projects that will receive funding.

Minister Colbeck said the Port of Newcastle will receive $400,000 towards the upgrade of the mooring bollards at the Newcastle cruise ship terminal which will increase berthing capacity for larger ships.

"This project will support jobs and growth in the Hunter region, increasing its capacity to host large cruise ships and therefore allowing more passengers to visit the region," said Minister Colbeck.

"The tourism industry is one of the five key super-growth sectors that will provide growth as we transition to a more diversified economy.

"The Turnbull Government is particularly pleased to support tourism industry job creation in a region that's been impacted by the transition away from the mining construction boom.

"The programme will also provide $20,000 towards the development of the 'Sydney Culture Pass', a digital platform that provides information about art and cultural offerings in Sydney and $60,000 towards the research project 'Mapping Culture in Regional NSW'."

NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said that tourism is growing in the Hunter region with visitor numbers and expenditure increasing by 6.5 and 7.3 per cent respectively in the year ending December 2015, resulting in a total of 9.4 million visitors who together spent $2.3 billion dollars.

"The funding partnership between the Australian and NSW governments has been designed to improve the quality of regional tourism infrastructure and products to support growth in visitor numbers.

"Through this important partnership with the Australian Government, we look forward to seeing these excellent tourism numbers continue to climb to record highs."

The Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure programme will invest $43.1 million over four years nationally- including $9.6 million in New South Wales - to improve tourism infrastructure and provide a boost to local attractions and the businesses that depend on them, particularly in regional areas.

This funding will help to ensure that Australia meets its Tourism 2020 target of doubling overnight visitor expenditure to between $115 and $140 billion annually.

More information about TDDI is available on the Austrade website.

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