The Managing Director of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), Peter Shelley (pictured), has congratulated Australia’s Liberal-National Coalition, led by Scott Morrison, on its shock general election win over Labor.
“ATEC congratulates the Coalition on its election win and looks forward to working with the new Morrison Government in advocating for policy settings that will help drive future growth of the tourism industry,” the statement said.
It continued: “ATEC has always been committed to working with whichever party forms Government in order to highlight the value of our industry and the opportunities it brings to our economy.
“We see tourism as one of the key pillars of economic success for Australia now and into the future.
“In particular we recognise the value that tourism can bring to regional economies and will continue to advocate for policies which support regional growth.
“The Coalition’s tourism policy committed to deliver improved arrival and visa processing systems which we welcome, as visa processing times have been a major challenge for our industry and an issue we’ve been highlighting for some time.
“The additional support for airport upgrades and a genuine investment in industry supported tourism icon infrastructure development is to be applauded along with small business tax breaks which were announced in the budget.
“We will continue to argue for additional marketing funds which, we believe, are desperately required for Tourism Australia to maintain its ‘world leading’ tourism marketing programme in order to continue to sustain our global market share.”