Budget reaffirms commitment to tourism

29 Mar 2022 |

Tonight’s budget will continue to rebuild Australia’s tourism industry; notwithstanding continued labour pressures are hampering the sector’s recovery.

“The Government’s commitment to tourism has been reaffirmed in the federal budget with an investment of $146.5 million over three years to support the sector’s recovery,” Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism, John Hart said.

“Pent-up domestic and international demand means consumers are ready to get back to travelling, supporting the tourism industry to bounce back.  Targeted financial assistance and other key policy initiatives announced tonight will be crucial to assist in the recovery for this hard-hit industry.

“The $63 million contribution for Tourism Australia marketing initiatives should accelerate international tourist and backpacker arrivals.  This is a critical component to attract visitors in a highly competitive international market.

“The reinforcement of measures to contribute to the Government’s THRIVE 2030 Strategy is also welcome.  International and domestic tourism was worth $166 billion a year to the Australian economy prior to the pandemic, supporting over one million jobs. The success of the strategy will see the economic contribution of tourism increase to $230 billion by 2030, benefitting all Australians.

“Australian Chamber – Tourism strongly supports the increase of country caps for work and holiday visas by 30%, increasing the overall places by 11,000.  Working holiday makers (WHMs) are of great value to Australia, contributing $3.2 billion in spend and filling 250,000 jobs prior to the pandemic.

“However, with many businesses unable to satisfy the demand for workers, we urge the government to extend the refund of visa application fees for WHMs beyond 19 April.

“Additionally, it is unlikely that many tourism businesses will be eligible for apprentice and trainee wage subsidies beyond June 2022, therefore limiting access to critical skilled workers to keep their businesses running.

“We must ensure that industry policy settings equip the tourism sector to support local jobs and communities, benefitting all Australians.

For more information:

Jack Quail | Media Adviser

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