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Labor's positive plan for tourism



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THE HON ANTHONY ALBANESE MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT SHADOW MINISTER FOR CITIES SHADOW MINISTER FOR TOURISM

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LABOR’S POSITIVE PLAN FOR TOURISM

A Shorten Labor Government will restore tourism to the heart of Australia’s economic narrative, recognising its importance as a super-growth sector for local jobs and the economy.

Tourism is Australia’s largest services export and employs over one million Australians. There are more than 276,000 tourism businesses in Australia, which deliver $94.5 billion in revenue every year.

Tourism GDP increased 5.3 per cent in 2014-15, more than twice the growth for the total economy. This trend is expected to continue over the next 20 years - but a coordinated approach by the Federal Government is essential to realise its full potential.

Labor will resume its record investment in tourism infrastructure including airports, ports, roads and public transport to lift our international competitiveness, support growth and provide a high quality experience for domestic and international visitors.

Northern Australia is home to some of Australia’s most significant natural assets including Kakadu, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

Labor will allocate $1 billion from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility to a Northern Australia Tourism Infrastructure Fund, to boost partnerships with the tourism sector and provide incentives for investment in new and upgraded tourism infrastructure across the north.

A Shorten Labor Government will also create a new $44 million Tasmanian Tourism Infrastructure Fund, recognising its potential as a key growth area for domestic and international tourism and its status as a major source of jobs for the state.

For more on Labor’s plan for Australian Tourism, see our fact sheet here.

SATURDAY, 25 JUNE 2016