Labor policy adds additional funding to support tourism

 Monday, May 16, 2022 

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The announcement by the Labor party of a funding package to support the rebuild of Australia’s tourism industry is welcome news for export tourism businesses across the country the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) said today.

Additional funding will support businesses in reconnecting with their international markets and in rebuilding their workforce – two crucial issues to the future success of the tourism industry.

“The industry will welcome these new initiatives announced by the Labor Party today and will put the funding to good use in rebuilding our $45bn export tourism economy.” ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley said today.

“Workforce strain has been a long-term issue for the industry and right now it is even more critical as tourism businesses try to reinstate the huge number of skilled and unskilled staff who exited the industry with covid lockdowns that closed operations.

“We also have a huge challenge in reconnecting our export tourism businesses with their international markets and rebuilding confidence in travel to Australia and this additional marketing funding for the export sector will help.

“While this funding is a strong start for the Labor Party in supporting the tourism industry, we look forward to bringing these and other opportunities to life should there be a change of Government this weekend.”

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