Grants scheme helps tour operator soar

BUSINESS success is set to reach new heights for Kununurra-based aviation tour operators Heliwork WA and Slingair after both companies recently received Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) from Federal Trade Minister Mark Vaile.

Speaking at the official presentation in Kununurra airport, Mr Vaile congratulated both EMDG recipients for providing outstanding tourism services in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

“By assisting businesses like Heliwork and Slingair through the EMDG scheme we are ensuring services for remote areas of Australia, including tourism, are supported,” Mr Vaile said.

The EMDG scheme, managed by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), is a proven catalyst for Australian businesses to enter the global marketplace, and encourages companies to seek out and develop export markets.

“Both companies are prime EMDG recipients as they are small businesses that have a first class-service but need marketing and promotional financial help to move to the next stage,” Mr Vaile said.

Heliwork WA and Slingair managing director Kerry Slingsby said the EMDG scheme would enable both companies to strengthen their tourism services and assist international marketing efforts in Europe.

Slingair and Heliwork WA have been established in Kununurra since 1984 and now cover the entire Kimberley Region with aeroplane and helicopter services.

From its head office in Kununurra the company operates a fleet of more than 40 aircraft, consisting mainly of Cessna aeroplanes, including the air-conditioned Cessna Grand Caravan, and Bell Jetranger and Robinson 44 helicopters.

For more information on the EMDG scheme contact Austrade on 13 28 78.

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