BUDGET HITS TOURISM
Federal Budget slashed $14 million from the tourism sector. Tourism Tropical North Queensland boss Alex de Waal slammed the ill-conceived costsaving measure. “At a time when tourism is prospering and we have a rising tide, it’s not a matter of just taking what we get,” he said. “When things are starting to go well with tourism, that’s the time to start spending more not less. It’s about optimising the return on tourism and maximising the potential — not slaughtering the golden goose.” The weak dollar, at US74c, means Tourism Australia’s purchasing power is already significantly reduced.