Update from the Tourism WA Managing Director May 13, 2020

May 14, 2020 9:32 am

Dear Industry Colleagues,

I’m very pleased to share some positive news with you this morning.

Earlier today, Premier Mark McGowan and Tourism Minister Paul Papalia announced a new financial support program for the Western Australian tourism industry. You can read the media release here.

The $14.4 million WA Tourism Recovery Program, developed and supported by Tourism WA, will enable tourism operators to prepare for a staged return to business in a new environment.

The initiative includes two funding programs – with an initial $10.4 million in one-off cash grants for up to 1,600 individual small businesses around the State.

This targets small businesses with annual taxable wages of less than $1 million. Those businesses can be accommodation providers, tours, transport operators, tourism attractions or experiences. Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of $6,500, but naturally, conditions apply.

To receive the payment, businesses must have a valid Australian Business Number (ABN) and be an active member of one of the following tourism associations and/or hold accreditation through one of the following approved programs:

• A Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO): Australia’s North West, Australia’s Coral Coast, Destination Perth, Australia’s South West or Australia’s Golden Outback;
• The Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC);
• Accredited via the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program, STAR Rating Australia Program, Eco Certification Program or the Caravan/Holiday Park Accreditation Program.

As part of the application process, businesses are also required to submit a Tourism Business Recovery Plan.

More information on the Tourism Recovery Fund and the online application form can be found on Tourism WA’s corporate website at: www.tourism.wa.gov.au/WATourismRecoveryProgram.

Applications close at 6pm AWST, Friday, June 12, 2020.

The second, $4 million Tourism Business Survival Grants package will be available for tourism operators dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances – with grants of $25,000-$100,000 available.

The Survival Grants will target businesses located in parts of the State with more restrictive travel bans in place, or whose circumstances otherwise mean they will face a more difficult road to recovery. Businesses which deliver iconic experiences are also eligible to apply. A probity auditor would review the robust and transparent criteria-led application and panel assessment.

More information on the Tourism Business Survival Grants package, including how businesses can apply, will be released shortly.

For other State Government financial support initiatives visit www.wa.gov.au.

We’re expecting there will be a lot of interest in this program and there will be multiple teams working really hard to ensure the applications are assessed as quickly as possible so eligible operators get the money in a timely manner.

If you have any questions, please email the team.



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