CANBERRA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Australian government will put more money in regional tourism project to promote the quality of tourism products, Minster for Tourism Martin Ferguson said on Friday.
According to his speech in Canberra today, the first round of the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF) Grants Program will see 65 tourism projects offered 13.1 million (almost 13.56 million U.S. dollars) in government funding, with a total investment value over 141 million (almost 146 million U.S. dollars) .
"The funded projects will deliver a wide range of projects, including new and upgraded accommodation, innovative new attractions for visitors -- such as water parks, playgrounds, agri- tourism ventures, wilderness camps and adventure trails -- and new conference and function facilities," Ferguson said.
These projects are spread across Australia, with 14 in New South Wales, 11 in both Queensland and Western Australia, ten in South Australia, eight in Victoria, seven in Tasmania, and one in the Northern Territory.
According to a statement from him, Minister Ferguson also opened the 2013 round of the T-QUAL Grants-Tourism Quality Projects (TQP) Program and invited tourism businesses to submit applications.
"The Australian Government has committed 40 million (almost 41. 4 million U.S. dollars) for T-QUAL Grants over four years with 77 projects offered a total of 6.7 million (almost 6.93 million U.S. dollars) of funding in the 2012 round," he said.