Coali­tion pol­icy lis­tens to tourism and recog­nises op­por­tu­nity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Coali­tion’s Pol­icy for Tourism an­nounce­ment pro­vides a strong plat­form to sup­port the ex­port tourism in­dus­try, recog­nis­ing the in­te­gral role it plays in Aus­tralia’s in­ter­na­tional trade, ATEC man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Feli­cia Mar­i­ani said on Wed­nes­day.

Wel­com­ing key an­nounce­ments that in­clude a re­fo­cus­ing of Tourism Aus­tralia’s mar­ket­ing, a freeze to the Pas­sen­ger Move­ment Charge (PMC) and ad­di­tional fund­ing to build ex­port mar­kets, Ms Mar­i­ani said the pol­icy clearly fo­cused on the needs of the in­dus­try.

‘‘This an­nounce­ment to­day is ter­rific and places ex­port tourism front and cen­tre as an im­por­tant el­e­ment in our national econ­omy,’’ Ms Mar­i­ani said.

‘‘The move to in­clude tourism as part of the Trade port­fo­lio, which has pre­vi­ously been bun­dled with the un­re­lated and of­ten com­pet­i­tive re­sources in­dus­try re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, is a much bet­ter fit and il­lus­trates the valu­able ex­port op­por­tu­ni­ties tourism brings to the Aus­tralian econ­omy.’’

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