Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is happy to announce the outcomes of the first round of the NSW Government’s Regional Visitor Economy Fund. The Dubbo region will benefit from a $323,250 grant which will help to build destination appeal and bring more visitors to the region. Taronga Western Plains Zoo will also benefit from a $250,000 grant to assist in the development of 15 eco-cabins at the Zoo.“These are two excellent outcomes for Dubbo and the region in helping secure people to visit the area. We have some amazing attractions in the region and this is a great opportunity to showcase what we have,” Mr Grant said.“Tourism to regional NSW was worth more than $12.8 billion in visitor expenditure in 2012, an increase of more than three per cent compared to the previous year.”“The grant to help build destination appeal will see Dubbo City Council, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and National Parks all working together to entice visitors to the region”Inland NSW Tourism Chairman Rodger Powell applauded the strategic approach taken by the New South Wales government to growing the visitor economy.“The alignment of funding outcomes with comprehensive destination management programs, greater industry and regional collaboration and rigorous measurability will lead to better outcomes for the region and the state,” said Mr Powell.Taronga Western Plains Zoo General Manger, Matthew Fuller said “This is a big boost to tourism for Dubbo and the region. Not only will it help to promote our region and increase our visitor economy but it will see a number of key stakeholder’s work together to achieve this outcome.”“The second grant for the development of the 15 eco-cabins is a new venture for the Zoo and will commence construction later this year with the aim to be open for visitors ion April 2014,” said Mr Fuller.The grant awarded for the Eco-cabins is in addition to a $250,000 grant received from the Australian Government Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund.Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, announced earlier this year that the NSW Government has committed $21.6 million to the Regional Visitor Economy Fund over three years – a $6 million increase – to help boost the economies in regional NSW, an initiative identified in the Government’s Visitor Economy Industry Action Plan in response to recommendations by the Visitor Economy Taskforce.“What has been particularly encouraging about this new funding and process, managed by Destination NSW, has been the contribution that Inland NSW Tourism, the area’s Regional Tourism Organisation, has made. It demonstrates a commitment to the region, a belief in their Destination Management Plan, and illustrates the need for investment in these regions which the NSW Government is delivering”, Mr Souris said.