Peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) has welcomed the federal government’s decision to end uncertainty about where tourism sits in the ministerial line up, with clarification today that it will reside within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Amendments made to the Administrative Arrangements Order clarify that all of the federal government’s role in tourism will sit within foreign affairs and trade.
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said this clarification is important for the industry and its alignment with foreign affairs and trade makes good sense.
“It is now crystal clear that tourism sits squarely within foreign affairs and trade with Andrew Robb as the minster,” Mr Morrison said.
“TTF has had a positive relationship with the Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb, during opposition and we have full faith in his commitment and passion to deliver real results for the tourism industry.
“TTF strongly supports the alignment of tourism as part of Australia’s economic diplomacy.
“This is a sensible arrangement which will ensure that tourism is considered in the decision making around Australia’s foreign policy and acknowledges the gateway role that tourism plays in helping foster international relationships for business, education and investment.
“Economic diplomacy of this type will help to drive synergies and promote Australia as an international destination, leveraging the activities of other Australian agencies in key source markets.
“Tourism is an economic development strategy for Australia, driving economic activity in every part of the country and providing jobs and business opportunities.
“While the mining investment boom may be waning, the people boom is just beginning and Australia is well-positioned to capitalise on growing demand in Asia for international travel.
“We believe this portfolio arrangement will help Australia maximise the potential of the visitor economy.”