The Murray Regional Tourism Organisation will receive continued NSW Government funding.
NSW Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli and NSW Member for Albury Greg Aplin confirmed the organisation would receive $90000 a year until 2019, after a review into tourism led by the NSW Department of Industry, with the support of the NSW Cross Border Commissioner.
Mr Piccoli said the funding would ensure the continued promotion of the region.
‘‘The Murray region has so much to offer visitors, and I’m happy to see funding provided by the NSW Government to MRTO to continue their work right across the area,’’ he said.
‘‘The NSW Government is committed to growing tourism in the Murray, supporting jobs and development in local hotels, restaurants, attractions and businesses.’’
Mr Aplin said the Murray region was unique and the NSW Government had committed to funding the MRTO, the only cross-border, jointly funded regional tourism organisation.
‘‘The Department of Industry review recommended continued funding of the MRTO with revised governance arrangements to ensure MRTO can work effectively to help deliver NSW Government commitments,’’ Mr Aplin said.
‘‘In addition to funding, an implementation and change plan will be developed, which sets out new roles and responsibilities for both MRTO and the Riverina Murray Destination Network.
‘‘This will enable both organisations to work together in their efforts to promote the region.’’
NSW Tourism and Major Events Minister Adam Marshall commended all regional stakeholders for their work in reaching this outcome.
‘‘I thank MRTO and the Riverina Murray Destination Network for their ongoing co-operation, and hope they can continue to work together to attract local and international visitors to the Murray region,’’ Mr Marshall said.
‘‘I received strong representations from MPs in the Murray region, and I’m pleased this funding will provide long-term security for MRTO, and enable them to continue their work promoting NSW destinations along the Murray.’’