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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

CULTURAL TOURISM BOOSTS REGIONAL ECONOMIES

The Australian Government has released the State of Australia’s Regions 2024 report, launched by the Hon Catherine King MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, at the ABC Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra on 6 February 2024.
The report discusses Government actions in relation to First Nations culture and languages, the importance of the arts for regional liveability, and cultural tourism. It includes research findings on cultural tourism by Regional Arts Australia and Culture Counts demonstrating the importance of cultural tourism for regional economies.

“70 per cent of arts attendees surveyed indicated the creative event they attended influenced their decision to travel to the local area and the direct economic impact generated by attendees was 60 times the government investment.”

Read the State of Australia’s Regions 2024 Report >

Read the Cultural Tourism Accelerator Program Research >

Response from Regional Arts Australia

“Regional Arts Australia continues to advocate to ensure the arts in regional Australia are embedded across all of Government’s plans for regional Australia. This includes our 2024-25 Pre-Budget Submission to the Federal Government.

“The submission outlines five recommendations for updating Australia’s policy and investment settings to be more effective in ensuring Australians continue to have access to arts and cultural experiences wherever they live, work or study.

“They are tangible mechanisms that support the delivery of the National Cultural Policy: Revive “to provide a solid foundation for future investment, within broader government fiscal settings” and “link existing programs with new funded initiatives”:

  1. Unlocking regional spaces through non-commercial leasing arrangements
  2. Recognition of portfolio incomes
  3. Introduction of a Creative Industries’ Management Deposit Scheme
  4. Cross-portfolio investment into regional creative linkages program
  5. Support for regional cultural tourism

Read RAA’s 2024-25 Pre-Budget Submission >