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Monday, 31 October 2011
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Resources, Energy and Tourism: Tourism Division

(Question No. 474)


Mr Baldwin asked the Minister for Resources and Energy, in writing, on 16 August 2011:

In respect of Program 4 of his department in 2010-11:

(1) What are the details of all memberships with organisations that are funded by this program, including the (a) name of the organisation, (b) cost of membership, (c) duration of membership, and (d) reason for membership.

(2) What are the details of all sponsorships, including event sponsorships, funded by this program, including the (a) name of the recipient, (b) cost, (c) duration, and (d) reason.


Mr Martin Ferguson: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Details of Tourism Division memberships in 2010-11 are provided below.

(a) United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

(b) $319,718 - costs shared between Tourism Division ($164,887) and Tourism Australia ($154,831), as set out in the answer to Parliamentary Question number 479 where Tourism Australia's contribution to the cost of Australia's membership was rounded up to $155,000.

(c) Annual membership

(d) Engagement with other countries on tourism issues, including to influence policy directions and outcomes. UNWTO membership: expands Australia's network of contacts in specialised areas and our knowledge of key international tourism developments; allows access to tourism research and statistical data accumulated by the UNWTO; and facilitates the ability of Australian consultants and research organisations to successfully tender for UNWTO projects.

(a) OECD Tourism Committee

(b) $20,107

(c) Voluntary contribution to the annual OECD Tourism Committee work program.

(d) Engagement with developed countries on tourism issues, including to influence policy directions and outcomes; access to tourism related research and statistical data.

(a) APEC Tourism Working Group

(b) Australia's APEC membership is funded through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

(c) Ongoing membership

(d) Engagement with regional partners on tourism issues, including to influence policy directions and outcomes; access to tourism related research and statistical data.

(a) Australian Services Roundtable

(b) $550

(c) Annual membership

(d) Stakeholder engagement; access to tourism related research.

(a) Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI)

(b) $1,210

(c) Annual membership for Tourism Research Australia

(d) Participation in non-standard technical courses related to research and statistics.

(a) Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE)

(b) $350

(c) Annual membership

(d) Stakeholder engagement, primarily in relation to tourism research.

(2) Tourism Division did not provide any sponsorships during 2010-11.