Cash injection for Esperance tourism project
Tourism in Esperance will receive a boost with the announcement of funding for a local project under the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme.
Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, welcomed the announcement and said the investment in tourism infrastructure would help attract more visitors to Esperance and provide an even better traveller experience.
Mr Wilson said the funding would drive demand for tourism in Esperance.
“We are contributing $225,000 to the Shire of Esperance Southern Ports Authority for works to improve the breakwater near the Esperance Bay Yacht Club and construction of a permanent cruise ship tender jetty and pontoons,” Mr Wilson said.
“Tourism is currently booming in Western Australia with domestic overnight trips increasing by 13 percent to reach 8.2 million and international visitors increasing by 6 per cent to reach 852,000.
“The amount spent by domestic visitors to the state is also increasing – which is great news for local tourism businesses and the economy.
“The funds announced today are being provided through the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program which provides Western Australia with almost $3 million to boost tourism infrastructure in regional areas.”
The Federal Minister for Tourism and International Education, Senator Richard Colbeck, said the projects would drive demand and improve the quality of tourism infrastructure in Western Australia.
“The Federal Government is providing $43.1 million over four years to the states and territories for their tourism infrastructure needs through the Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Programme,” Minister Colbeck said.
“Projects will help the industry to meet Tourism 2020 targets to ensure businesses remain sustainable and profitable into the future.”