BUD­GET HITS TOURISM

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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