The Australian Chamber-Tourism commends the Steering Committee for the Beyond Tourism 2020 Strategy for establishing medium and long-term targets for the growth potential of Australian tourism. The Chamber sees great merit in putting forward the target range and proposing initiatives that support the enormous potential for the future growth of tourism. Investment from Government in these actions will enhance the opportunity of the visitor economy so that Australia can enjoy the jobs, growth and export income that the sector can generate.
As the peak body for businesses operating in tourism, Australian Chamber – Tourism recommends the 2019-20 Budget include initiatives to support tourism growth in order to contribute to Australia’s future economic and social wellbeing and importantly spread the benefits across the country. To stimulate productivity growth in a fiscally constrained environment, it is essential to ensure that spending initiatives generate economic activity. This will support the living standards Australians enjoy through keeping Australian enterprises competitive.
Airports are gateways into a new country or a new city and thus shape the first impression of the destination, especially for an international traveller. Airports are enablers of international tourism facilitating passenger movement at record rates. International visitation to Australia is projected to grow by 64% in 2026-27 compared to 6.9% in 2017-181. Likewise, domestic tourism is growing at an unprecedented rate. Domestic travel is projected to grow by 24% (overnight visitors) and 29% (day visitors) over the period 2017-18 to 2026-272. Airports, airline capacity and service delivery (the customer facing aspects) thus need to keep up to cater to increasing demand from travellers.