The Australian Tourism Export Council today welcomed the reinstatement of a tourism portfolio in the new Turnbull ministerial line-up, saying it was a positive sign of support for the strength of the industry.
ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley, congratulated the new Prime Minister on his appointment and that of the new Tourism and International Education Minister, Senator Richard Colbeck.
“Prime Minister Turnbull has clearly recognised and understood the value of our industry and listened to calls for tourism to be reinstated as a ministerial-level portfolio and we congratulate him on his judgement,” Mr Shelley said.
“Tourism now has several strong advocates, with the continuing Trade and Investment Minister, Andrew Robb, already being a great industry supporter in the cabinet, and now an individual dedicated to tourism and its closely related export partner, international education.”
Mr Shelley said ATEC had worked well with Minister Robb and his government colleagues since the tourism portfolio was removed following the 2013 election but there were real advantages to be gained with a focused minister.
“Unlike most other export sectors, tourism brings its customers to Australia and our industry faces unique barriers to success, and therefore our priorities are different.
“We look forward to continuing the positive work we have already done with the government in building a strong tourism industry and to working with the Senator Colbeck as he advocates on our behalf.
“We hope he is excited about the industry and its future and will share with us an enthusiasm for the exceptional economic opportunities the industry can and will bring to Australia in the coming years.