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Reviving International Tourism Grant Program (RITG) - Stream 1
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The Reviving International Tourism Grant Program (RITG) is designed to assist eligible small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that work directly within the Australian tourism export or travel wholesale industry sectors (inbound tour operator or outbound tour operator/travel wholesaler) to rebuild and strengthen international supply chains by undertaking demand driving activities such as attending expos, business development and marketing.
The key objectives of RITG are to:
- attract and drive visitation from key international markets to Australia, including to regional areas
- aid recovery of the tourism exporters (inbound tour operators) and travel wholesalers (outbound tour operators/travel wholesalers) most significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and
- support the diversification of inbound international tourism markets, both from existing and emerging markets.
RITG aligns with Priority 6 of the THRIVE 2030 strategy – Build markets and attract visitors and Priority 4 - Embrace leading-edge business practices.
RITG will be delivered through two grant Streams: Stream 1 – Reconnect with international markets and Stream 2 – Digital uplift. This grant opportunity is for Stream 1.
Stream 1 of RITG (Reconnect with international markets) has grant funding of up to $6m to attend approved events (including trade missions, international expos and conventions) with the goal of helping eligible tourism exporters (inbound tour operators) and travel wholesalers (outbound tour operators/travel wholesalers) attract or reconnect with international markets.
- Be an Australian tourism exporter (inbound tour operator) or travel wholesaler (outbound tour operator/travel wholesaler).
- Be a current financial member of ATEC or CATO prior to April 2023 and be able to show evidence of attendance at one of the qualifying eligible events referred to in section 4.1.1 of the RITG Guidelines.
(Note: non ATEC and/or CATO members are also able to apply but must provide a letter of support from ATEC or CATO and receive authorisation to apply from the Austrade Program Delegate. This must be sought prior to application).
- Have total turnover (as defined in the RITG Guidelines) that is less than $20 million in the year preceding the application year.
Stream 1 Applications open at 10.00 am AEST on 23 May 2023 and close at 4.00 pm AEST on 13 June 2023.
Stream 1 is a demand driven grant, capped to a maximum number of applicants based on available funding. Approved applicants who are current financial members of ATEC will receive a maximum of $15,000 in financial year 2022-23, CATO and other approved applicants will receive $10,000 in financial year 2022-23.
Approved applicants who continue to maintain their eligibility as outlined in the RITG Guidelines will automatically receive a second payment in 2023-2024 based on the funding demand in 2022-23. If the funding pool is not exhausted in 2022-2023, the remaining funds will be equally distributed as a final payment to all approved Stream 1 applicants in 2023-2024.
All funding must be expended by 30 June 2024. Grant funding can only be used from the date of the Virtual Credit Card being issued until 30 June 2024. Grant funding cannot be applied retrospectively.
From $10,000.00 to $15,000.00
Before applying, you must read and understand the RITG Guidelines which can be found at Austrade.gov.au.
To apply for RITG you must:
- Complete your application through Austrade’s SmartyGrants portal.
- Provide all the information and declarations requested.
- Address and meet all required eligibility criteria.
- Include sufficient evidence as outlined in the guidelines that adequately supports your eligibility.
- Submit your online application by 4pm AEST on 13 June 2023.
No late applications will be accepted.
You are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete and accurate.
You are unable to make any material alterations or additions after you have submitted your application. If the selection process identifies unintentional errors in your application, at their discretion, Austrade, ATEC or CATO may contact you to correct or clarify the errors.
You should keep a copy of your application and any supporting documents.
We will acknowledge that we have received your application.