Investment from government would enhance the opportunity of the visitor economy so that Australia can enjoy the jobs, growth and export income that the sector can generate.

Our policy principles for tourism:

  • Make it easier for tourism businesses to hire staff, and develop the skills the industry needs.
  • Improve access to workers in regional areas, including through a responsive migration program.
  • Develop and improve tourism infrastructure.
  • Create an Industry Growth Centre for the visitor economy within existing resources.
  • Accelerate visa reform, including rapid rollout of streamlined and online visa processes.
  • Reform the Tourist Refund Scheme.
  • Lower visa fees.
  • Restore Tourism Australia’s funding in real terms.
  • Reduce red tape for tourism businesses.

Tourism Restart Taskforce

A Tourism Restart Taskforce has been established by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the auspices of the Australian Chamber – Tourism. Tourism has hit harder than any other industry by the current COVID crisis, and with the health concerns having been largely managed, a plan for how best to restart tourism is needed.  The Taskforce will feed into the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission and the Austrade Tourism Incident Response Coordination group.  Through ACCI it will feed into the Business Liaison Group in Treasury and the Department of Industry recovery group.

You can contact the taskforce via the secretariat:  [email protected].

Members of the Tourism Restart Taskforce

Dr. Jeremy Johnson AM (Taskforce Chair) (ACCI Board, former CEO of Sovereign Hill)

The Hon. Bruce Baird AM (Business Events Sydney, TTF)

Sarina Bratton AM (Ponant)

Geoff Donaghy (BECA, ASM Global, ICC Sydney)

Bob East (Tourism Australia)

The Hon. Martin Ferguson AM (Tourist Accommodation Australia)

Nikki Govan (Star of Greece)

Denis Pierce (Australian Tourism Export Council)

Graham (Skroo) Turner (Flight Centre)

Jacqui Walshe (The Walshe Group)

John Hart (Australian Chamber – Tourism)

 

Secretariat

Jenny Lambert , Director – Tourism at ACCI

Sophie Lebang, Policy Officer

Tourism Restart Taskforce Meeting Notes

Below are the weekly Tourism Restart Taskforce meeting notes available for download.

 

1st May 2020

8th May 2020

15th May 2020

22nd May 2020

Industry Proposed Restart Timetable

To help guide advocacy for a more certain timetable for tourism restart, and with input from the ACCI Tourism Policy Committee, the Tourism Restart Taskforce has proposed a timetable for tourism restart.  The timetable reflects what industry feels are realistic restart targets for governments and health authorities to consider subject to what happens with any further issues with COVID-19.

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