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New Grants to Turbocharge Katherine Visitor Experiences

The Territory Labor Government has awarded five Katherine tourism-related operations almost $80,000 in grants through its Visitor Experience Enhancement Program (VEEP).

VEEP helps businesses improve their customer experience so more visitors will recommend the region to others, ensuring Katherine is an unmissable stop on any tourist’s itinerary. Works carried out thanks to VEEP grants also create jobs for local tradespeople.

Iconic attraction Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night received $7,500 for lighting and kitchen improvements.

Applications for Round 2 of the program close on October 1, 2018, with one-off funding up to $50,000 available per business. Visit http://tourismnt.com.au/en/industry-toolkit/grants-and-funding/current-programs/visitor-experience-enhancement-program to find out more.

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“The VEEP program is part of the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract more holiday visitors, create local jobs and put money in the pockets of Territorians.

“This is creating real jobs for local tradies and boosting businesses by providing better experiences for visitors.”

Quotes from Member for Katherine, Sandra Nelson:

“VEEP helps businesses catering for tourists undertake projects that improve the experience for their visitors.

“This will entice more people to stop in Katherine and sample what local tourism businesses have to offer, as well as provide work for local tradies. This all means jobs for Territorians.

“The improvements carried out thanks to VEEP grants will see visitors leave Katherine raving about what an amazing time they had at places such as Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night, which is an iconic Katherine experience. 

“Four other Katherine businesses have also received VEEP grants. They are the Pop Rocket Café ($10,000), Gecko Canoeing ($10,000), Nitmiluk Tours ($42,964) and Katherine Outback Experience ($9,429).

“The Katherine grants are part of 58 projects funded across the Territory, worth more than $6.8 million.”

Quotes from Marksie:

“Tourists from around the world come here for a great meal featuring indigenous ingredients, and I tell yarns between courses.

“We’ve been operating successfully for 20 years here in Katherine and we thought a grant would help us attract more visitors and send them away with some great memories.

“We are using the grant to install solar lighting for the campsite at night, buy more seating and tables, and renovate the kitchen, which will improve the experience for tourists.”

Media Contact: Leanne Hudson 0427 687 079