ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Tourism Minister Brendan Smyth announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will commit $2 million to seek Commonwealth and/or private sector funding of a new convention centre, establish an independent Canberra Marketing and Tourism Agency, encourage ‘grey nomad’ tourism and develop a comprehensive tourism strategy.
“Tourism is an integral part of the ACT’s private sector and plays a huge role in the local economy,” Mr Seselja said.
“The Canberra Liberals’ comprehensive tourism plan will help the local tourism industry reach its enormous potential.”
If elected, the Canberra Liberals will:
Commit $2 million to bring the concept of an international standard convention centre to a position where it can attract Commonwealth and/or private sector funding.
Establish an independent Canberra Marketing and Tourism Agency, which would be dedicated to identifying and marketing tourism and other investment and business opportunities in the ACT.
Task the Canberra Marketing and Tourism Agency with developing a comprehensive strategy to encourage ‘grey nomad’ tourism in Canberra, including working closely with EPIC.
Develop a tourism strategy involving comprehensive plans for accommodation, events and attractions.
“The Canberra Liberals are committed to bringing new opportunities to our wonderful city,” Mr Smyth said.
“This policy will help ensure tourism initiatives are planned properly from the start, and give the industry the resources it deserves.”