Australian Chamber - Tourism
Tourism is Australia’s number one services export. In 2014-15 the tourism sector generated over $130 billion in visitor spending contributing 2.7% to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product and directly employing more than 500,000 Australians in 266,000 businesses.
Tourism employs more people than the important mining; agriculture, forestry and fishing; and financial and insurance services industries collectively.
Over the next five years Australia has set ambitious targets to generate more visitor expenditure producing 85,000 new jobs and boosting the income of all Australian households.
The tourism arm of the Australian Chamber is the strong voice at Federal Government level to ensure the correct policy settings are in place to achieve these targets and help Australian tourism businesses reach their full potential. The Tourism Council will achieve this by advocating for policies that will:
- Make it easier for businesses to hire staff;
- Improve access to workers in regional areas;
- Develop and improve tourism infrastructure;
- Produce employees with skills the industry needs;
- Attract more international visitors;
- Reduce red tape for businesses; and
- Improve the overall economy.
The group aims to achieve this by undertaking the following roles:
- strengthening tourism’s national political presence and influence;
- preparing policy positions and submissions, including to the budget process;
- coordinating updates, events and activities that bring together tourism stakeholders;
- advocating policy positions with key stakeholders, including ministers; and
- being a passionate advocate in the media on behalf of tourism.
Australian Chamber - Tourism formed in September 2015 to continue the policy and advocacy work previously undertaken by the National Tourism Alliance. The Chair of the Alliance, John Hart, is the inaugural Chair and former NSW Minister and Shadow Minister, Steve Whan, its manager.
For more information about the Australian Chamber - Tourism please contact the Australian Chamber.