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Tourism and Transport Forum research shows Australians ‘love’ international tourists
Australians “love” international tourists and think they make the country’s economy stronger, according to a survey conducted by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) in conjunction with global information and measurement company, Nielsen.
78% of those surveyed believed tourism bolsters the economy, while 57% believe that the government needs to invest more money to promote Australia overseas.
65% of participants feel that it is time for the government to focus more on the tourism sector and 69% believe there needs to be more taxpayers’ dollars spent promoting regional tourism.
79% of Australians are also unaware that every person leaving Australia pays a compulsory $60 passenger movement charge (PMC) and that over half of the $1.2 billion raised each year goes into what TTF call a Federal "Government ‘piggy bank'”.
The survey results were unveiled at Leadership 2019, TTF’s flagship event held on Friday at PwC Barangaroo, bringing together political leaders, policy makers and the leaders of TTF’s member organisations from the tourism, aviation and transport industries.
Commenting on the findings, Tourism and Transport Forum Chief Executive Margy Osmond (pictured) advised “these survey results are important, they make it crystal clear that Australians understand the value of the tourism industry.
“Real Aussies are telling us what they want more tourists and these results should send a strong message to the government about the need to support and invest.”
In its recent Federal budget submission, TTF put the following issues at the top of a Government ‘to do’ list:
• Further investment into Australia’s destination marketing agency, Tourism Australia
• A review of the Passenger Movement Charge and the level of over- collection
• Additional and improved visitor infrastructure, and
• Further investment in airport to city rail connectivity and regional rail networks.
27th September 2018 - Visitor numbers and tourist spending increase while length of stays stalls
11th September 2018 - Andrew McEvoy to chair TTF National Advisory Board
24th August 2018 - TTF welcomes ‘one of our own’ as Australian Prime Minister
2nd April 2018 - TTF survey shows nationwide support for Commonwealth Games
28th February 2018 - TTF welcomes new advisory board members
28th November 2016 - 15% backpacker tax compromise ‘a victory for common sense’
24th April 2015 - One in five Australian holidays include a national park visit
22nd January 2013 - Domestic beach holidays get thumbs up from Australians
24th April 2010 - National tourism conference shows ‘best is yet to come’
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