Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2974 ..
this work across the tourism industry is paying off. The ACT government continues to work to increase both domestic and international aviation capacity. We are also very pleased to continue to work with our New South Wales colleagues on both sides of politics to see improvement and enhancement of the Canberra to Sydney rail connection. We look forward to continuing to work with both New South Wales Labor and the current New South Wales government to see improvements in that service.
Through VisitCanberra the ACT government continues to promote the city, most recently through some innovative campaigns in our major domestic markets in Sydney and Melbourne. We need to market ourselves somewhat differently to potential visitors to capture attention in a competitive domestic marketplace. Some of the recent promotions, such as Canberra in a Can, have been very effective and innovative. I particularly want to acknowledge the support for the campaign from industry partners including Jamala Wildlife Lodge and a great winery in my electorate, Majura wines.
MS CHEYNE: Chief Minister, how else has the government supported local operators to achieve international growth?
MR BARR: As part of the recent trade mission to Asia, we were joined by a significant delegation of Canberra businesses, with a particularly strong showing from the local tourism sector. Pialligo Estate, GoBoat, Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Shaw Vineyard, Canberra Secrets and Canberra Guided Tours joined the delegation, to name just a few.
As part of the delegation, VisitCanberra held a series of workshops with key businesses and decision-makers in the industry to create awareness of products and to negotiate inclusion in future marketing campaigns. There was also a forum for delegates to present their products and services to a range of front-line retail travel agents and reservations staff in these international markets to help them build further connections.
Additionally, in the 2018-19 territory budget, the government has committed around $47.5 million to boost tourism and related sectors. This will support investment in a suite of domestic and international campaign activities to continue to grow Canberra's profile and to provide a range of compelling reasons to visit this great city and this region. Mr Hanson might use his next three hours to enjoy some of those wonderful opportunities.
With that, Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answer to question without notice
MR GENTLEMAN: I have some further information, in addition to an answer I gave Miss C Burch yesterday, with regard to light rail and ACT Fire & Rescue. I can advise that all ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters have been provided with an online