The Liberal National Government has signed a three-year deal to sponsor Western Australia's biggest regional literature event - the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the three-day event would attract poets, authors, playwrights, journalists, comedians, illustrators, magazine editors, screen writers and radio hosts.
"The event will not only promote literature but also the extraordinary Margaret River region, helping to raise its profile as a destination for the arts," Mr Barnett said.
"Since its inception in 2009, the event has grown from 600 attendees to now attracting about 5,000 people.
"The funding will help the festival secure high profile internationally renowned authors and increase its marketing to attract an even greater attendance over the next three years."
The festival features ticketed and free activities including solo and panel author discussions, debates, readings, lectures, workshops, question and answer sessions, music performances and poetry demonstrations.
The Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will be sponsored until 2019 through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the investment of $80 million from Royalties for Regions through the Regional Events Program was bringing significant economic, social and cultural benefits to regional communities.
"Supporting events and tourism will help to grow regional areas into thriving and sustainable communities," Mr Redman said.
"Events such as the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival, enhance the vibrancy in regional areas, making them exciting places to visit as well as great places to live."
The Premier said tourism was a vital industry for regional Western Australia.
"In 2015-16, visitors spent $9.6 billion in the State, including $4.5 billion in regional WA," he said.
"We have a strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020 and supporting regional events such as the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival will help us achieve this."
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