Media Release

10 October 2018

Victoria-Bull: Cultural Tourism

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Cultural Tourism

A Liberal Nationals Government will focus on growing Victoria’s tourism industry to create more jobs and build our reputation as Australia’s number one destination by increasing indigenous tourism offerings.

Victoria’s tourism industry is already worth over $20 billion to our economy and employs more than 210,000 Victorians. But Victoria’s tourism potential is so much greater.

Indigenous tourism is one of Victoria’s great opportunities.

Victoria has hundreds of registered Aboriginal Heritage sites and while many are considered sacred, there are many more that have the capacity to be shared and admired, providing a terrific experience for visitors.

A Liberal Nationals Government will work with Indigenous groups to help facilitate the respectful growth of Indigenous tourism.

That’s why an elected Liberal Nationals Government will fund a grants program to support indigenous program providers to further develop growing businesses. The fund is for capital works grants of up to $15,000 and initial promotion costs such as signage and publication of educational material.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Heidi Victoria:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will grow Victoria’s cultural tourism experience and that will create more jobs and be a boost to the economy.

This policy will ensure our significant cultural heritage sites are preserved and showcased properly for visitors to enjoy and learn.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Tim Bull:

“A Liberal Nationals Government will support our Indigenous communities in telling their stories and sharing in the benefits of a vibrant tourism economy.

There is a strong demand for more Indigenous tourism offerings and that’s why this program is so important.”