A modest tourism budget amidst a $7.1bn surplus

2 April 2019

This year’s Federal Budget has delivered a modest increase for tourism which includes money to build new regional tourism icons, a continued freeze of the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) and additional money for the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program.

“The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) welcomes the Government’s $50 million investment in developing ‘tourism icons’ in regional Australia,” Managing Director Peter Shelley said tonight.

“In a fiercely competitive international tourism marketplace, we are disappointed that Tourism Australia hasn’t received a commensurate amount of funding to support its vital role in driving demand at a time when our direct regional competitors are heavily investing.”

“Disappointingly, the Government has increased the application fee for all visas, including those accessed by our high yielding backpacker market which will now face an additional $32 charge on their application.

Click here for ATEC’s Budget response.

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