Kiama council reviewing structure, funding of tourism

TOURISM: Last year the state government announced significant structural changes to tourism in NSW, including the establishment of new Destination Networks. Picture: File image.
TOURISM: Last year the state government announced significant structural changes to tourism in NSW, including the establishment of new Destination Networks. Picture: File image.

A decision regarding the structure and funding of tourism in the Kiama area is expected later this month. 

Kiama council recently opted to review the structure and funding of tourism in the Kiama LGA, with regard to the new regional Destination Networks.

The primary options to be considered by council are:

*Kiama Tourism being responsible for information services at the Visitor Information Centre, product development and marketing subject to a performance-based agreement or service contract with council.

*Council establishing an in-house tourism unit to undertake the activities currently being undertaken by Kiama Tourism, implementing the Destination Management Plan, product development, marketing and infrastructure development, guided by an advisory committee of local industry and skills-based people.

According to council, neither option would reduce council’s commitment to tourism funding. 

Council expended approximately $350,000 directly on tourism in the 2015/2016 budget year.

The council recently invited public submissions on the review.  

Kiama Mayor Mark Honey said a decision on the matter was expected to be made at the next ordinary council meeting on March 21. 

Kiama Tourism is an industry-based tourism organisation established in 1986.