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Government sitting on tourism report.



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Martin Ferguson MP

Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Resources, Forestry and Tourism

October 6 2005

Government sitting on tourism report

Australia’s tourism industry is declining as a share of the economy and facing stagnant growth ahead, senior economist Geoff Carmody has warned.

Figures show inbound tourists are spending less time and less money in Australia.

A key issue for the industry is getting higher yield from tourists rather than more tourists.

But a report advising the government on how to address this issue has not been made public and there is no transparent process to ensure its recommendations are introduced.

Shadow Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson, has called on the Minister for Tourism Fran Bailey to make the report public so the issue of yield can be addressed as a matter of urgency to help the industry.

“The Minister is sitting on the report at a time when the industry needs urgent help to address poor growth,” Shadow Minister for Tourism, Martin Ferguson, said.

A report to be released today, State of the Tourism Industry 2005, by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism shows tourist expenditure has dropped from $95 a day in 2002 to $90 a day in 2004.

The report quotes the chairman of the Australian Tourism Export Council David Mazitelli who says a key factor in falling yield is “not marketing to the high end of the market.”

“Tourism Australia has not adequately grasped the situation. Industry did a lot of work on a yield paper for the Minister, but every recommendation in that paper has been set aside,” Mr Mazitelli says.

The services sector is vital to future economic growth for Australia and the $73 billion tourism industry is a critical part of the sector employing more than half a million Australians.

Contact: Sue Cant 0417 866 204