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Tourism Drives Growth
Delivering more than $42 billion to the economy annually, Australia’s inbound tourism industry is a vital export sector, directly employing more than half a million people and touching the life of almost every Australian.
The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) is leading the industry in advocating for policy outcomes that help to strengthen tourism’s future.
Tourism Drives Growth, and the Federal Election 2019 is a time to focus political parties and candidates on investing in our industry and engaging the policy to build on our success into the future.
Positioning for Success
While the inbound tourism industry continues to record extraordinary growth, it is vital we approach this with the future in mind – placing sound policy planning at the centre of Australia’s tourism strategy.
Predictions of 15 million international visitors traveling to Australia by 2027 are exciting, but how will our industry cope? If we are to realise this potential, what does success look like and how do we get there?Learn more
Calling for Action
ATEC is calling on our political leaders, both state and federal, to take action. This means making commitments to tourism’s future through policies and programs that support tourism businesses to achieve success because Tourism Drives Growth.Learn more
There are important questions our industry needs to address to continue to enhance our competitiveness and ensure we maintain a high quality experience. Questions like:
will our visitors be going?
will they get there?
will they stay?
do we preserve our tourism assets?
will the industry need to meet this increasing demand?
Tourism Drives Growth is your chance to get behind our industry.Start Today
Our latest news
NSW budget cut a kick to tourism’s success
Reports that the NSW Government has cut the budget of its tourism agency is a kick to the tourism industry and the success it has delivered the state’s economy over the past decade.
Inbound tourism remains strong but signs of weakening growth must be heeded
Australia has enjoyed a magnificent ride on the back of a growing export tourism industry, now worth more than $44bn annually, but the latest industry figures show signs of softening across a number of key indicators.
Queensland tourism budget puts money into regions
The Queensland Government has outlined budget investments to the state’s tourism industry including the development of tourism hubs in Cairns and on the Gold Coast, and a range of programs and activities to drive tourists to regional areas.
Indian travel agents actively discouraging destination Australia
Indian based travel agents have stopped recommending Australia as a destination despite strong demand from Indian visitors, with market intelligence showing a significant slowing in market growth for 2019.