Speaking following the release of Tourism Research Australia’s “State of the Industry 2015” report, the Accommodation Association of Australia said there is a direct relationship between government investment and tourism growth.
“The growth outlined in the ‘State of the Industry 2015’ report doesn’t just happen by accident,” said the Association’s Chief Executive Officer, Richard Munro.
“Having a dedicated federal Minister for Tourism in the Turnbull Government – backed by a Cabinet Minister who has a strong understanding of the industry – and additional financial support for Tourism Australia are among the primary reasons for these tremendous numbers.
“It’s this kind of backing which is really paying dividends.”
Mr Munro said it’s vital that governments at all levels in Australia continue to invest in tourism.
“The evolution of the Australian economy from having a heavy reliance on sectors such as resources and manufacturing is real and will continue in the foreseeable future,” he said.
“For many local communities in regional Australia, the change makes for a particularly challenging environment.
“More than ever before, these communities are going to rely on other industries to generate revenue and employment – and tourism is among the sectors which could be the saviour.
“It’s important that governments take this into consideration when they are developing policies which directly impact on the tourism industry.”