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By all means book… but nothing’s guaranteed

A Tourism Recovery Fund has been set up by the State Government to prop up companies in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants of $6,500 will be provided immediately to eligible small tourism operators. Larger grants of up to $100,000 will be available to tourism operators who are dealing with exceptionally difficult circumstances.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia says grants will especially help businesses in the north “hibernate”.

“It’s very likely they’ll be impacted for longer,” said Mr Papalia

“They’re just coming out their low season and may lose part, if not all of this year’s opportunities.”

With the prospect of the northern regions opening in time for school holidays, Mr Papalia said it would give hope to the tourism operator to see bookings.

“You should understand it is not guaranteed that the restrictions will be lifted.

“But if you want to make a booking it will give hope to the businesses and they’d welcome it.”

More information or to apply for a grant head to Tourism WA’s website

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Oliver Peterson