Events Funding and Tourism Grants

23 January 2012

Below is a listing of specific tourism funding and grants programs available to NSW tourism businesses.

Note: This list may not be exhaustive and it is recommended that you also conduct your own investigations:

Destination NSW: Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF)

This funding program is now closed.

The Regional Visitor Economy Fund (RVEF) is managed by Destination NSW and supports investment in the regional New South Wales visitor economy on a matched dollar-for-dollar basis. Applications may be submitted for product development and marketing activities that will contribute to the NSW Government objective of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.
Regional Visitor Economy Fund

Destination NSW: Regional Flagship Events Program (RFEP)

Destination NSW’s Regional Flagship Events Program supports events with tourism potential in regional New South Wales to serve as flagships for the region - building its image and boosting visitation numbers. Since 1996, more than 235 events have been funded under this program, to the tune of more than $5.1 million.

Destination NSW funds a $10,000 per event Annual Program and a $20,000 per event Triennial Program, to help events that can demonstrate their significance for local tourism.

For more information, see the Regional Flagship Events page or phone Aida Hijazi on (02) 9931 1431.

Destination NSW: International Business Development Program

The International Business Development Program is designed to support New South Wales product suppliers and destination promoters by providing financial support for trade familiarisation and educational visits, Destination NSW missions to market, trade workshops, nominated Tourism Australia missions and events, and other international trade events. The International Business Development Program replaces the Incentive Funding Program and will run from July 2014 to June 2015.
International Business Development Program

Tourism Research Australia: Destination Visitor Survey Program (DVS)

Tourism Research Australia provides research information that supports improved decision making, marketing and tourism industry performance for the Australian community. The aim of the DVS Program is to provide the opportunity for regional tourism destinations to undertake research surveys specific to their area and assist informed decision making to support growth of sustainable tourism products. The research conducted within the DVS program is split into two streams: Visitor Profile and Satisfaction Program and Strategic Regional Research Program.

For more information go to

Destination NSW: Regional Tourism Product Development Funding Program

This funding program is now closed.

In 2011 the NSW Government allocated $5 million for a one year Regional Tourism Product Development Program to create, grow and enhance tourism products available across regional NSW to help attract more visitors.
Regional Tourism Product Development Funding Program