AFTA welcomes the announcement by Labor to reject the proposed increase to the Passenger Movement Charge.
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) commends Labor’s announcement that they will not be supporting the Governments proposed increase to the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC). Labor has listen to the industries concerns, that the proposed increase of 9% to the PMC has been done without industry consultation and for the wrong reasons. Australia already has the second highest departure tax in the world at the current level of $55 per passenger.
The Government’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) Package does not need the PMC increase in order to meet the tax revenue goals of the Package. Detailed economic modelling produced by the Chief Economist of KPMG illustrates this.
AFTA will continue to work with all Members of Parliament and Senators to ensure that these amendments proposed by Labor are passed urgently by the Parliament bringing stability for the tourism and farming sectors.
CEO of AFTA, Jayson Westbury said; “The travel and tourism industry has been united in calling for the PMC increase to be removed from this WHM Package as it is the right thing for the country, the travelling public and the industry”.
“Labor have shown that they will listen to the needs of industry and developed a package that will support the greater Australian travel and tourism industry,” Mr Westbury said.