Can art revitalise regional tourism after the bushfires?

The Australia Council’s latest research shows arts experiences are a key driver for tourism, particularly to regional Australia.

The latest research from the Australia Council suggests the arts might play a key role in bushfire recovery, with a new report demonstrating that cultural tourism is strengthening the regions and supporting local economies.

Domestic Arts Tourism: Connecting the Country draws on Tourism Research Australia data and additional resources to provide insights into the behaviour of people travelling within Australia.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts