More tourists travelling to Australia will mean more jobs, reports Cara Jenkin
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
Clementine Joyce-Tubb at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel.