Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced that the National Cherry Festival will benefit from NSW Government funding under Round Two of the 2019 Flagship Event Fund.

 Ms Cooke said the Fund will provide the festival an annual grant of $20,000 for marketing initiatives aimed at driving overnight visitation.

 “This year is the 70th National Cherry Festival and it’s been absolutely incredible to watch this wonderful event sweeten over the years,” Ms Cooke said.

 “Every single year the festival attracts cherry lovers from far and wide, putting more heads on beds, diners in our restaurants and shoppers in our boutiques. I’m delighted that the Cherry Festival has secured a $20,000 NSW Government grant,” she said.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall congratulated the National Cherry Festival on their initiative which will help achieve the NSW Government’s goal of tripling overnight visitor expenditure and reaching $25 billion in regional visitor expenditure by 2030.”

 “Our Regional Flagship Events Program has allowed us to establish, market and develop events that give visitors more reasons to get out and see all that beautiful rural and regional NSW has to offer,” Mr Marshall said.

 “Whether you are an event owner, tour operator, accommodation provider or attraction owner, we’re working hard right across our regions to make it easier for you to access vital grants to get your initiative off the ground and to get tourism booming more than ever before.”

 The Flagship Event Fund is part of the Regional Flagship Events Program, which includes three different funding streams.

 For more information on the Program, go to www.destinationnsw.com.au/rfep.

 The National Cherry Festival will be held in Young from December 6 to 8.