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Friday, 10 May 1985
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(Question No. 37)


Mr Jull asked the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism, upon notice, on 22 February 1985:

(1) Which tourist industry bodies, Government and semi-Government groups, and tourist advisory committees maintain a formal or semi-formal liaison with (a) him, (b) his Department and (c) the Australian Tourist Commission.

(2) How often and for what major purpose does each group meet with (a), (b) and (c).


Mr John Brown —The answers to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

1 (a) Australian Tourist Commission (ATC); Tourism Advisory Council (TAC); Tourist Ministers' Council (TMC);

1 (b) Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB); Australian Accommodation Council (AAC); Australian Automobile Association (AAA); Australian Bus and Coach Association (ABCA); Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA); Australian Historical and Tourist Parks Association (AHTPA); Australian Hotels Association (AHA); Australian Institute of Travel and Tourism (AITT); Australian Resort Timesharing Council (ARTC); Australian Standing Committee on Tourism (ASCOT); Australian Tourist Commission (ATC); Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA); Caravan and Recreational Vehicle Council of Australia (CRVCA); Inbound Tour Operators of Australia (ITOA); Motor Inns and Motels Association (MIMA); NSW Tourist Attractions Association; National Tourist Industry Training Committee (NTITC); National Restaurant and Caterers' Association (NRCA); Tourism Advisory Council (TAC); Tourist Ministers' Council (TMC); Melbourne Tourism Authority (MTA); State/ Territory Tourism and Consumer Affairs Departments; Standing Committee of Consumer Affairs Ministers (SCOCAM); Joint Commonwealth/States/Territories Working Group on Uniform Regulation of Travel Agents; Domestic (TAA, Ansett, East West etc.) and International (QANTAS) Airlines

1 (c) Australian Association of Visitor and Convention Bureaux (AACVB); Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA); Australian Standing Committee on Tourism (ASCOT); Australian Tourist Industry Association (ATIA); Inbound Tour Operators of Australia (ITOA); Inbound Travel Marketing of Australia (ITMA); Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA); Tourist Ministers' Council (TMC).

2 (a) I have portfolio responsibility for the ATC, the Government's tourism marketing arm which meets eight to nine times annually. I chair the TAC which meets two or three times annually to provide me with advice on industry conditions development and viability.

I am a member of the TMC which meets annually to fulfil a tourism consultative/policy/co-ordinating role between Governments.

(b) My Department provides:

(i) Public Service member on the ATC.

(ii) representation on the TAC and provision of Secretariat.

(iii) the TMC Secretariat.

(iv) the ASCOT Secretariat which meets three or four times annually to co-ordinate government tourism activities and policies at 'officer' level.

There are no formal liaison arrangements for regular meetings with other organisations under 1 (b) but, rather, ad hoc discussions on current issues of mutual interest and relevance (for example, the uniform regulation of travel agents and the Export Market Development Grants Scheme).

2 (c) Irregular meetings by the ATC to exchange views on current and proposed activities of common interest, particularly on tourism marketing matters.