Export grants program review to aid tourism sector recovery

The Federal Government has committed to back recommendations which have come out of the independent review into the administration of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme.

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) welcomed the announcement, saying it will help “cash strapped tourism businesses” recover from the crisis caused by Covid restrictions.

“Changes to the administration of the scheme and how the rules are applied will be removed from the legislation, making it more flexible and adaptable to the needs of the industry and the evolving nature of export markets,” said ATEC managing director Peter Shelley.

“Flexibility in the administration of the EMDG program has been something ATEC has been asking for for a long time.

“It’s also important to ensure tourism businesses who access these grants are ready for export, having completed a quality training program which gives them the essential tools they need to maximise export success.

“Changing the funding model so that businesses receive grants before they embark on their international marketing strategies will help our cash strapped tourism businesses to rebuild their markets as we head out of this crisis.”

Shelley said the Government has a vital role to play in supporting the industry, which has delivered more than $350 billion in visitor spending over the past decade, through this crisis and back to operational success.

Read more about the review recommendations here.