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Tourism data too little, too late



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David Jull. Μ.1». S h a d o w M in is te r for T o u ris m Sc A v ia tio n

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13th February, 1991.

TOURISM DATA TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

Today's release of the July, 1990, overseas arrivals and departures figures are a case of too little, too late for the tourism industry.

The industry - Australia's largest private sector employer - deserves better treatm ent by the ABS than being fed critical data 7 months after the survey period.

Instead, the industry is largely forced to rely on its own resources to determine what impact recessions and the Gulf War are having on tourism to Australia.

While the Opposition accepts in this case that computer problems within the Department of Immigration, Local Government and Ethnic Affairs (DILGEA) were the cause of the delay, it treats with scepticism claims that timeliness will improve.

We understand figures for August and September may be released in the coming month, but this still means the soonest September data will be available is around March the following year.

Nearly every other area of the economy is provided with more detailed and current information.

Why not tourism?

We have yet to receive an answer to a question on this subject placed on the notice paper last December. (Q. 492, 21/12/1990)

The industry must have access to more immediate information. -

Tourism operators will treat with disdain reports relating to figures on last July when they are currently enduring a critical period with falling occupancies and numbers due to reduced overseas arrivals and reduced domestic travel demand.

#ends. C o n tact: David Jull (06) 277 4632

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