Visitor Centre assist tourism opeators

Published: Friday, 15 May 2020 at 4:12:46 PM

The City of Albany is offering one-on-one assistance to eligible local tourism operators through the Albany Visitor Centre to support them accessing the WA Government’s Tourism Recovery Assistance Fund.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on WA’s tourism industry and operators in The Amazing South Coast are among the tourist business feeling the strain of travel restrictions.

This week the WA Government announced a $10.4 million Tourism Recovery Fund to support small tourism businesses through the current tourism downturn.

The grant for small tourism businesses is available to accredited operators as a one off $6,500 payment for operators with less than four employees and an annual tax wage of less than $1 million.

To assist as many eligible Albany tourism operators to be successful in receiving this funding as possible, the City is offering advice, knowledge and guidance to small operators who need support with their application.

Executive Director Corporate and Commercial Services Duncan Olde said tourism is a major pillar of our local economy and this was one way the City could provide support to the industry.

“Our team at the Visitor Centre are here to help small tourism operators to be able to complete and lodge their funding applications and place themselves in the best position to be successful in getting some financial support from the government,” he said

“There will be demand for this funding across the State, and Albany operators deserve to get a slice of the pie so our accommodation, tour, transport, private attractions and experiences have the best chance of surviving this economic challenge.

“The City cannot apply for the local operators, but we can certainly help them navigate their way to successfully applying for this opportunity themselves.”

Hour long appointments will be available from Monday, May 18 at the Visitor Centre.

To book please contact the Albany Visitor Centre Coordinator on steve.williams@amazingalbany.com.au or call 6820 3726.

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