Federal budget of 2017 in Australia poses threats to tourism jobs

Published on : Thursday, May 11, 2017

Federal budgetTourism industry leaders have warned that the federal budget could put jobs at risk, if funding cuts and visa fee hikes result in a downturn of international visitors.

Short-term overseas arrivals have grown steadily to more than 8 million in recent years. Across Australia, there are now 929,000 people employed directly or indirectly by the tourism industry, representing 8% of the workforce.

But Tourism and Transport Forum CEO Margy Osmond said that the $35 million ripped out of Tourism Australia over the next four years would risk tourism jobs across the country.

Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo said funding for Tourism Australia remained higher than at any time during a Labor Government. “The tourism industry is growing three times faster under the Coalition than it was under Labor with seven times as many tourism jobs created,” said Minister Ciobo.

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