With Australia’s export tourism earnings projected to grow at an average of 3.8% over the next 10 years, the industry will create demand for additional jobs across Australia, including regional and rural areas.“Australia’s export tourism market is expected to lead growth in the sector over the next 10 years to see more than 10 million international visitors by 2024-25, and this will put pressure on our labour force demand,” ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said today.
“This labour demand, including a projected 60,000 skilled workers, will be vital to our ability to successfully deliver a quality Australian tourism experience and our ongoing success in competing in the international visitor market place.
“Australia’s export tourism industry is a leading light in our economic success, currently contributing in more than $33 billion in export earnings annually and our industry needs the support of Government to support this success.”
The Australian Tourism Labour Force Report: 2015-2020, produced by Deloitte Access Economics and released today by Austrade, estimates the industry will need an additional 123,000 additional workers (including 60,000 skilled) to meet visitor demand in the next 5 years.
“One of the key issues for the industry which has been highlighted in this report is the challenge businesses face in attracting and retaining staff, particularly those with experience and relevant skills.
“Now is the time to re-assess the industry’s current training programs to ensure an alignment with the growth projections and that we are building the workforce with specific job skills that will be in demand in the future.
“This report shows how critical it is for the Federal Government to recognise the opportunity for job generation and work with the industry to maximise the opportunity for jobs across the country.
“As representatives of Australia’s export tourism industry we remain ready and willing to work with government to support the future success of our tourism product across the country.”