The Turnbull Government is supporting the tourism sector with $45 million in grants through the Building Better Regions Fund to help move tourists beyond the major cities. These funds will support projects in regional areas and encourage more visits and expenditure in regional locations, creating more tourism jobs for Australians.
The Cruise sector contributes $2.7 billion to the Australian economy each year and continues to grow rapidly. This Budget will fund work to identify solutions to the lack of berthing infrastructure in Sydney, Australia’s cruise gateway, ensuring our share of the cruise ship market continues to grow.
The Turnbull Government is also focusing on Australia’s most valuable inbound tourism market, China, with the continuation of the Approved Destination Status Scheme. This scheme allows Chinese tourists to travel to Australia in guided groups, and plays a strong role in deepening our economic and bilateral engagement with China. The Turnbull Coalition Government continues to provide record funding into Tourism Australia.