Coalition policy listens to tourism and recognises opportunity
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.’’