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Martin Ferguson, AM, MP  Minister for Resources and Energy  Minister for Tourism 

8 June 2010 NEW TOURISM ACCESS GROUP DELIVERS ON LONG-TERM STRATEGY

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The Tourism Access Working Group - an expert panel that draws on the practical experience of representatives from across the tourism industry including airports, airlines and industry associations - met for the first time in Canberra today.

The meeting, which also brings together representatives from Commonwealth and state and territory governments, was formed as part of the National Long-Term Tourism Strategy (NLTS) to act on aviation and transport issues affecting the tourism industry.

Passenger movements through Australia’s airports are forecast to double to 228 million in 2025-26. Much of this growth will come from international travel, however domestic movements make up more than three quarters of the numbers.

A report commissioned by ‘Cruise Down Under’ states that cruise ship passengers spent $227.7 million in the Australian economy in 2008-09 which was a 43.5 per cent increase on the previous year.

Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson AM MP has emphasised the need for effective planning and infrastructure development now to cope with the forecast increase in demand and to ensure our capacity to benefit from future growth in the industry.

“The growth in travel presents both an opportunity and a challenge for Australia’s tourism industry,” Minister Ferguson said.

“The Tourism Access group will work through the broader findings of the NLTS to deliver practical actions to improve the traveller experience, disperse travellers regionally and increase transport access to Australia’s many attractions.

“The agreement reached today on our key priorities moving forward is a step in the right direction.”

At today’s meeting, the group agreed to work on five priority projects:

1. improving tourism export potential through comprehensive mapping of tourism access priorities including aviation, cruise shipping, road and rail; 2. improved cruise data- establishment of consistent data collection across jurisdictions; 3. new tourism supply chain research- impacts of industry and government charges on

consumer purchasing

4. Examining ways to enhance dispersal and attract air services to regional areas through a regional airport/tourism project. 5. Examining opportunities to increase awareness of the Tourist Refund Scheme with International Tourists

Minister Ferguson also released Infrastructure for the Provision of Jet fuel at Sydney Airport for the period to 2029 at the meeting.

“This report addresses critical jet fuel supply issues. For Australian tourism to be effective, infrastructure needs to be reliable in the long-term and in especially during peak demand periods,” Minister Ferguson said.

“The smooth operation of our airports, and the reliability of fuel supplies and related services is absolutely vital to our tourism industry - shut down transport routes and you shut down tourism.”

In response to the NLTS, the Tourism Ministers’ Council has identified 41 priority areas for completion in 2010 including improving tourism workforce planning, addressing barriers to investment, and examining current planning and development laws between jurisdictions.

The jet fuel infrastructure report is available at www.ret.gov.au/jetfuel

Media contact: Bindi Gove - 0406 644 913