- One of the world's longest-running windsurfing events
- Attracts competitors from across Australia and around the globe
- Funded by the State Government through Tourism WA and Royalties for Regions
One of the world's longest-running windsurfing events has signed a new three-year sponsorship agreement with the State Government.
From next year the Lancelin Ocean Classic will receive funding from Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, which is funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the race was a renowned home-grown event, which attracted competitors from across the globe and had helped cement the town's reputation as one of the world's best windsurfing destinations.
"The Lancelin Ocean Classic started in 1986 when a small group of windsurfers held a 25 kilometre race from Ledge Point to Lancelin. Thirty years on, professional and amateur competitors travel from around the world to take part in the competition," Dr Hames said.
"The event is a key driver for visitors to the town and it attracts significant national and international media coverage."
Dr Hames said tourism was vital for regional communities and economies, with visitors spending $3.8 billion across regional Western Australia in 2014.
"The State Government's plan is to see the contribution of regional tourism increase to $4.75 billion by 2020, and events form an important part of achieving this goal," he said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Regional Events Program had helped to increase the number and calibre of regional events across the State.
"The Lancelin Ocean Classic is a real drawcard on the local events calendar," Mr Redman said.
"Providing opportunities for regional tourism creates grassroots social and economic prospects for people who live and work in regional WA.
"Tourism has a strong influence on regional development and I am pleased to see that this investment is helping to position regional WA as a recognised events destination."
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