Discontinuing the ABS Survey of Tourist Accommodation will be disastrous for the tourism industry, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced it will axe the Survey of Tourist Accommodation.
TTF Executive Director Adele Labine-Romain said that without this data, Australia’s tourism goals come under serious threat.
“Australia has an ambitious goal to double overnight expenditure by 2020 and the availability of regular, reliable data is needed to underpin investment and planning to aid the industry,” said Ms Adele Labine-Romain
“The Australian Government has recognised the need for increased investment in tourism product, including tourism accommodation, and this kind of data is key for investment development.
“Small area data provides essential information about tourism performance in regional areas and helps inform both public and private planning.
“Government must continue to fund tourism and research to help the industry realise its potential.
“TTF is calling on the federal government to seriously consider the impact this loss of data will have on the tourism industry which has been identified as one of Australia’s five super-growth sectors which can collectively add $250 billion to the national economy over the next 20 years.
“Australia’s $110 billion tourism industry already supports 543,000 direct jobs in 283,000 tourism businesses nationwide and with the right support from government; tourism will grow even faster, providing economic prosperity and job and business opportunities across the country into the future.”