Funding boost for key tourism events
A TOURISM funding injection will help set up four Mackay and Isaac region events for 2020.
The $40,000 in grant funding will be shared between Mackay Festival of Arts, St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend, the Field Engineers Mackay Cup and the Mackay Marina Run.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the $10,000 grants were to boost event marketing and bring more tourists to the region.
“Events are crucial to growing our tourism industry and ultimately, creating jobs in Mackay,” she said.
“(The) announcement will help to grow these events, which we know will have a great flow-on effect to local businesses.
“More funding for marketing support will help to ensure that when tourists come to Mackay, they’ll stay for longer and enjoy some of the great experiences we have to offer.
“It’s also great to see both the Mackay Marina Run and the Field Engineers Mackay Cup are receiving support for the first time – that shows the quality of our events and tourism industry is improving, which is great for all business in Mackay.”
Mackay Tourism chief executive officer Tas Webber said the events had been identified as key experiences for attracting tourism and generating overnight expenditure.
“The Mackay Isaac Destination Tourism Plan recognised Tourism and Event Queensland’s Queensland Destination Events Program as a target for growing the profile and capability of events in the Mackay Region. It’s very pleasing therefore, for five Mackay Region events to be successful,” he said.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the announcement marked the launch of Round 14 of QDEP funding, under which a total of 345 events have received $11.5 million since 2015.
“We’ve more than doubled the value of our events calendar over the last five years because we invest in events to grow our tourism industry and create jobs,” Ms Jones said.
“In 2020, our events calendar will be worth $880 million and support thousands of jobs – making Queensland a world-leading events host.”