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More tourists trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia will mean more jobs, re­ports Cara Jenkin

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ASIAN tourists are pre­dicted to flock to Aus­tralia in the next 20 years, cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment for thou­sands more peo­ple in the tourism in­dus­try.

About six mil­lion tourists visit Aus­tralia ev­ery year and the num­ber is set to more than quadru­ple to 25 mil­lion vis­i­tors by 2030.

IBISWorld gen­eral man­ager Karen Do­bie says the out­look for tourism is healthy and will be sup­ported by a re­turn of con­sumer con­fi­dence in overseas mar­kets.

‘‘ In the coming five years, IBISWorld an­tic­i­pates vis­i­tors from China, In­dia, the UK, the US and New Zealand will play the most sig­nif­i­cant role in con­tribut­ing to Aus­tralia’s tourism,’’ she says.

Most Asian tourists come from China, while the num­ber from In­dia, In­done­sia and other fast-grow­ing economies also is ex­pected to rise dra­mat­i­cally to 2030.

The Snap­shot of Aus­tralia’s Dig­i­tal Fu­ture to 2050 report, writ­ten by IBISWorld founder and chair­man Phil Ruthven, and com­mis­sioned by IBM, finds that Aus­tralia will no longer rely on the ex­port of nat­u­ral re­sources but be­come bet­ter known as an ex­porter of ser­vices, such as tourism, busi­ness ser­vices, health and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices.

Tourism brings in about $36 bil­lion but, by 2030, could match the value of our 2012 min­eral ex­ports to­talling about $175 bil­lion.

Growth in high-speed broad­band in­ter­net will be a boon to tourism, as vis­i­tors can bet­ter re­search Aus­tralia as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

Those who do not speak English can also ac­cess in­stant trans­la­tion de­vices once in the coun­try.

Vis­i­tors now spend most of their money on trans­port (16 per cent) fol­lowed by take­away and restau­rant meals (15 per cent), shop­ping (14 per cent) and ac­com­mo­da­tion ser­vices (11 per cent).

The sec­tor em­ploys about 500,000 peo­ple, of which most work in ac­com­mo­da­tion and food ser­vices.

In the past year, the num­ber of work­ers in scenic sight­see­ing and trans­port swelled by 1000 to 10,000 work­ers. In travel and tour ar­range­ment ser­vices, em­ploy­ment re­mained sta­ble at 38,000 staff.

In South Aus­tralia, about 37,000 peo­ple are em­ployed in tourism, with 5000 work­ing in ac­com­mo­da­tion.

A fur­ther 3000 peo­ple are em­ployed as travel or tour agents and 1000 peo­ple are em­ployed in scenic and sight­see­ing trans­port.

The SA Tourism In­dus­try Coun­cil says food tourism will be a lure for in­ter­na­tional and domestic vis­i­tors in coming years, as trav­ellers seek more than the tra­di­tional cel­lar door ex­pe­ri­ences in the state’s pop­u­lar wine re­gions.

It will mean more hos­pi­tal­ity tourism staff, such as food and bev­er­age at­ten­dants and wait­ers, who al­ready are in de­mand by em­ploy­ers.

The Ren­dezvous Grand Ho­tel of­fers short in­dus­try

Pic­ture: Chris Man­gan

Cle­men­tine Joyce-Tubb at the Ren­dezvous Grand Ho­tel.

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