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Australian Tourism Export Council calls for Federal budget to back tourism

Australian Tourism Export Council calls for Federal budget to back tourism
May 8, 2018

Australia’s tourism industry needs continued strong political leadership and commitment in order to maintain its success and grow further opportunities for the national economy, the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) Managing Director, Peter Shelley has said ahead of today's Federal budget.

Shelley explains “this budget is a great opportunity for the Federal Government to really build on the proven strength of our tourism industry, which is Australia’s second largest export worth more than $40 billion a year to our national economy.

“It’s been 10 years since we set the course for growing our sector under the Tourism 2020 Strategy, a strategy that has harnessed the efforts of both government and industry and has helped to deliver the excellent results we see today.

“As we enter the process of defining the next 10 year tourism strategy, it is the perfect time for the Federal Government to invest in our industry to support us in maintaining this foothold established as a competitor in the international tourism marketplace.

“ATEC represents hundreds of small and medium size tourism businesses across Australia, the businesses that provide accommodation, experiences, transport and services to our international visitors and it is clear they can see the opportunities before them.”

Shelley said the industry is seeking the continuation of investment initiatives to help drive tourism infrastructure and support the capability of our industry to deliver quality experiences for all international visitors, ading “while the Government has done great work to remove some of the barriers to tourism’s growth, there remain real sticking points that mean we are not achieving our full potential.

“It is a concern to ATEC and our members that the Government continues to offer no increase to the budget for Tourism Australia. As the agency tasked with selling Australia's tourism message to the world, we need to ensure its funding remains competitive, especially as the real costs of international promotion continues to increase.”

ATEC’s pre-budget submission included a number of areas where the organisation believes the Government can support Australia’s tourism industry to maximise its potential as a key economic driver and a jobs generator including: 

• Maintaining the Commonwealth government’s commitment to Approved Destination Status
• Continuing reforms to streamline visa application processes and the visitor experience including adopting measures which allow for a flexible and nimble tourism workforce
• Building capability by establishing a Growth Centre for Tourism within the Department of Industry
• Increasing the Commonwealth government’s commitment to the Export Market Development Grant scheme
• Freezing the Passenger Movement Charge at current levels
• Maintaining Tourism Research as a priority to provide an informed platform for investment and marketing decision making
• Investing in a business events plan to attract business events to Australia
• Committing to the expansion of Wi-Fi connectivity across Australia, particularly in key tourism hot-spots 

Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland.

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7th June 2017 - AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES RECORD INTERNATIONAL VISITOR SPENDING

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