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March 10, 2017 Corporate No Comments Email Email

Chair of the Australian Regional Tourism Network, Mr David Sheldon, congratulates the State’s Tourism Ministers’ on the essential discussion point ‘Regional Tourism Infrastructure’ at the recent Tourism Minister’s Meeting in Darwin.“Minister Ciobo should be congratulated for holding a dialogue on ‘Regional Tourism Infrastructure’ as we move toward the end of the 2020 cycle and need to refocus on the Tourism Industries future.” Stated Mr Sheldon.

“The Australian Regional Tourism Network again urges our Governments to look toward a Tourism 2030 strategy that aligns with the Government and a the Deloitte report where Tourism will become one of the nation’s five super sector industries driving the Australian Economy by 2030.”

“Our Government through the CSIRO is at present looking serious at our future through the ‘Regional Futures Australia Project’ so we as an Industry now need to look beyond the current 2020 plan.”

“Regional Australia is vital to the Tourism Industries future with its natural attractions and unique Australian experiences, perhaps it is time for a ‘back to the future’ moment and instead of the nation’s economy riding on the back of a sheep it can ride on the back of regional tourism.”

“As we witness many questioning tourism and its impact on the social fabric in Metropolitan areas, the need for serious discussion on Regional Tourism infrastructure which must include communication and enabling infrastructure that will encourage commercial investment is now. These recent discussions in Darwin are extremely pertinent as it coincides with the Australian Regional Tourism Network’s report into ‘Local Governments spend on Tourism’.”

“It is great to see Minister Ciobo, and the states recent infrastructure announcements but we can’t lose sight of the importance of dispersal mechanisms as we look to 2030.”

“Regional Australia plays a massive role in tourism and many of our Local Governments are the unsung heroes. I am sure many regional LGA’s will all agree regional tourism infrastructure should become the priority as we look to the next phase of the tourism industry’s development.” Concluded Mr Sheldon.

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