Gooroman Park homestead café and equestrian centre just outside of Hall in New South Wales is the latest tourism operator to benefit from the Australian Government’s $8.3 million TQUAL Grants program.
The program uses targeted investments to assist domestic tourism operators explore new market opportunities, expand their range of services, promote growth and contribute to job creation.
Gooroman Park’s grant will aid the construction of two country guesthouses to accompany the existing café and horse riding centre. The addition of accommodation facilities will encourage visitors to the homestead and to stay on and explore the region.
Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP, today congratulated Gooromon Park on their $100,000 grant and welcomed the additional business the new guesthouses would generate.
“Gooromon Park provides a valuable tourism experience for horse enthusiasts and our funding will help build on this experience by encouraging day trip visitors to stay overnight and spend more in the region,” Minister Ferguson said
"Canberra and the surrounding region will also benefit from Australian Government investments of $40 million towards road infrastructure upgrades, as part of the Nation Building Infrastructure program.
“Our investments will support growth in the local tourism industry by making it easier and safer than ever to take a trip up the Barton Highway to Hall or beyond. "Improving access for potential visitors will help the industry here to increase its contribution to the local economy.”
The Australian Government is also investing in tourism marketing to support further growth in international and domestic tourism visitors through Tourism Australia’s global marketing campaign – There’s Nothing Like Australia.
Free online tools allow small tourism businesses to enhance their marketing with the power of Tourism Australia’s campaign brand.
“The tourism industry has really got behind this campaign and now the Australian Government is providing opportunities to share in its success,” Minister Ferguson said.
“Domestic travel accounts for 75 per cent of the total tourism market. With this in mind we are directing $3 million through Tourism Australia specifically to raising the profile of local attractions and boosting tourism business in Australia."