Mayor welcomes tourism funding

AlburyCity Mayor, Kevin Mack, has welcomed news that the Murray Regional Tourism Organisation (MRTO) will receive continued NSW Government funding.

The organisation will receive $90,000 per year until 2019, after a review into tourism led by the NSW Department of Industry, with the support of the NSW Cross Border Commissioner.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin said the Murray region is unique and the NSW Government has 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.”

Mayor Mack says the funding will help to build on the region’s strength as a visitor destination.

“Our region really is unique in that it straddles two states, united but not divided by one of our greatest attractions – the Murray River – and includes fantastic destinations such as wineries, historic towns and ski fields all just a short drive from the hub of Albury-Wodonga,” he said.

“This continued funding from the State Government ensures we can continue to attract visitors, providing a huge boost to our hotels, restaurants and other businesses that rely on sharing our region with visitors.”    

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, 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.”