Festivals helping drive tourism recovery in Tasmania
Joint media release with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan MP
The Morrison Government is investing in Tasmanian tourism by funding four new festivals that will attract more visitors to the state and support local jobs and businesses.
Our Government is providing $363,200 to support the:
- Beaker Street Festival;
- Bruny Island Bird Festival;
- Great Eastern Wine Week; and
- Junction Arts Festival.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said this funding was part of a $13.5 million investment in Tasmanian tourism that the Morrison Government was delivering.
“Our Government has a four-stage plan that will see travel restrictions lifted when 80 per cent of adults over 16 are fully vaccinated,” Mr Tehan said.
“We need all Australians to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated so we can travel freely again.
“We are supporting exciting new Tasmanian festivals because the best thing our Government can do for tourism businesses is to get tourists back travelling and spending money.”
Assistant Minister for Industry Development Jonno Duniam said the Morrison Government is also committing $2.23 million to support the Growing a Skilled Workforce program, that would help train and upskill tourism sector workers.
“Our Government is funding festivals that will attract more visitors and drive economic growth in our state,” Assistant Minister Duniam said.
“We’re also supporting tourism sector workers because these festivals will create job opportunities for Tasmanians, with around 15 per cent of all jobs in Tasmania supported by tourism.”
The funding is provided through the Recovery for Regional Tourism Program, which is part of the Morrison Government’s $1 billion COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund.
Media contact: Assistant Minister Duniam's office 02 6277 3034