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Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said working holiday makers are a valuable group of visitors.
“The working holiday maker visa scheme is the first step in what can become a lifelong engagement with Australia,” Mr Morrison said.
“Working holiday makers get to know our country and our culture during a formative part of their lives and they come back in later life with fond memories of Australia and the time they spent here.
“These visitors stay for a long time and spend a lot of money, often travelling to many destinations around the country.
“The average working holiday maker spends more than $13,000 during their eight-month stay, adding demand for goods and services to the Australian economy and helping to support tourism jobs and businesses around the country.
“We see potential in expanding the working holiday maker scheme to other countries aligned with our broader international engagement and are urging the federal government to work towards lifting the cap on working holiday maker numbers from key markets in Asia, like Malaysia and Indonesia.
“We would also like to see the scheme extended to countries we are targeting with our tourism marketing, like China and India, giving young people from those countries the opportunity to get to know Australia intimately and form those valuable, lasting relationships that are so beneficial to our economy.
“We know these negotiations take time so we would like the federal government to put these countries on the agenda.
“Working holiday makers can also provide a short-term source of labour which can help in areas of seasonal demand where a local workforce may be in short supply.”