Coalition promises tourism funds for small and medium wineries, distilleries and breweries

Australian wine, spirits and craft beer producers will be able to apply for grants from the federal government to upgrade their cellar doors and facilities to help attract tourists if the Coalition is re-elected.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce a $20 million package to help wineries, breweries and distilleries upgrade their infrastructure to attract more tourists.

Small and medium-sized producers will be able to apply for grants of up to $100,000 in matching funds to improve or build “tourism-associated facilities,” such as restaurants, tourist facilities, and observation decks, but not lodging.

Morrison said the money would help businesses make the most of tourists’ return after two years of closed borders.

“We’re opening Australia’s cellar doors to the world for more of our wine, spirits and craft beer producers,” said Morrison.

“A strong tourism industry means a strong economy.

“Tourism is key to our plan and this funding will help attract more tourists to local businesses, which means more people will visit our breweries and wineries, more people will buy products, and ultimately more people will be employed by businesses.

“Australia is a world leader in tourism for our beaches, parks, wildlife, indigenous culture and our cities, and there are tremendous opportunities for our wineries and distilleries to take advantage of the aircraft load of tourists seeking a new experience as we leave the COVID lockdown.”

Small and medium operators could apply for grants from the federal government if the Coalition is re-elected. (pixabay)

As part of the package, $5 million will be provided to tourism and local government organizations, who can apply for $100,000 to create new events to attract tourists and showcase wineries, distilleries and craft breweries.

Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan said the funding would support local jobs and many regional and rural businesses would benefit.

“Over 60 per cent of distilleries are in rural and regional Australia and Australian wineries are spread across 65 regions, so these programs will help regional Australia diversify its tourism offerings, which is a key element of our long-term tourism strategy,” he said. saying.

“Only our government is investing in the future to support local jobs and businesses and to ensure we continue to be a leading global tourism destination.

“Our long-term plan to grow and strengthen the tourism sector puts modernization, diversification and collaboration at the center.”

Since Australia’s borders reopened in February, more than 330,000 tourists have arrived, while more than 80,000 skilled workers and 24,000 working holidaymakers have made the journey.

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