Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

ABS to scale back collection of culture, recreation, sport and tourism statistics

ABS to scale back collection of culture, recreation, sport and tourism statistics
June 8, 2014

Implementing cuts of around $50 million over three years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will end its surveys on Australian social trends and Measures of Australia's Progress, as well as ending its contribution to collecting culture, sport and recreation statistics.

The tourism sector is also likely to lose an important set of industry data, with the ABS to cease conducting its Survey of Tourist Accommodation.

Pro-development lobby group Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) believes that discontinuing the ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation will be disastrous for the industry.

TTF Executive Director Adele Labine-Romain said that without this data, Australia’s tourism goals come under serious threat, stating “Australia has an ambitious goal to double overnight expenditure by 2020 and the availability of regular, reliable data is needed to underpin investment and planning to aid the industry.

“The Australian Government has recognised the need for increased investment in tourism product, including tourism accommodation, and this kind of data is key for investment development.

“Small area data provides essential information about tourism performance in regional areas and helps inform both public and private planning.

“Government must continue to fund tourism and research to help the industry realise its potential.

“TTF is calling on the federal government to seriously consider the impact this loss of data will have on the tourism industry which has been identified as one of Australia’s five super-growth sectors which can collectively add $250 billion to the national economy over the next 20 years.

“Australia’s $110 billion tourism industry already supports 543,000 direct jobs in 283,000 tourism businesses nationwide and with the right support from government; tourism will grow even faster, providing economic prosperity and job and business opportunities across the country into the future.”

In a statement on the changes, ABS acting Chief Statistician Jonathan Palmer told the ABC "we have had to discontinue or reduce outputs in areas that are valued by the users of those statistics.

"If funding is provided for the work we are ceasing, we will reinstate it. The quality, integrity and relevance of our statistics are critical to informing effective decision making, and we must not lose sight of that as we plan for the future."

3rd June 2014  - AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS SPENT $7 BILLION ON CULTURAL ACTIVITIES


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

 

PRIAVA

About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology

 
 

Envibe

With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology

 
 

THE FITNESS GENERATION

The Fitness Generation is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

GUNNEBO

Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Security / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business