Gold Coast Theme Park Dreamworld Receives Million Dollar Indigenous Tourism Boost
QLD, Australia – (News4us.com) July 10, 2012
Gold Coast tourism recently benefited from a grant of $1 million which it received from the Strategic Tourism Investment Grant (STIG).
Part of the T-QUAL Grants program (‘Tourism Quality’) which oversees $40 million in government approved tourism funding for Australia.
The grants are designed to support Australian businesses which continually provide high-quality services to travellers who travel throughout Australia from all parts of the world.
This new government investment on the East Coast of Australia has been granted to the ever popular and growing theme park Dreamworld.
On display will be a million dollar showcase of Aboriginal culture and events mixed with popular iconic Australian wildlife
Funding was officially announced for four Indigenous tourism projects throughout the four year rollout of the T-QUAL Grants program by the Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP.
The Dreamworld theme park will be utilising the $1 million grant to help convert its existing Wildlife Experience into the new Australian Aboriginal Wildlife Experience
Minister Ferguson stated. “The STIG funding will support the first of three stages of development that will help visitors engage with the new uniquely Australian experience.”
“It follows a previous T-QUAL Grant for Dreamworld to conduct a feasibility study and detailed business plan for the project.
“The theme park’s owners have worked closely with local traditional owners who consulted inbound tourism operators, particularly from Asia, to ensure the new attraction meets visitor expectations.
“The development of quality Indigenous tourism experiences, such as that being built here in Dreamworld will help ensure Australia’s ongoing competitiveness as a tourism destination.
“As well as showcasing local indigenous culture, Indigenous tourism products, even more importantly, provide real job opportunities for local Indigenous Australians and will have flow on benefits for the whole community.”
Queensland has long been one of Australia’s most iconic tourism spots and a well known destination for tourists from all over the world.
In the last year, the Gold Coast alone attracted over 3.3 million domestic and 740,000 international overnight visitors.
In all it equates to around $3.6 billion of tourist spending in the popular region.
T-QUAL Grants are awarded through a competitive, merit-based process to create sustainable economic growth in the tourism industry.
Further information is available at: www.ret.gov.au/TQUAL
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