A third runway for Melbourne Airport, a new survey specifically for small scale accommodation providers, the looming cost increase for working holiday visas and the Victorian Opposition’s Plan for Jobs and Growth – these topics have been top of VTIC’s policy and advocacy agenda in recent weeks.
Small-Scale Accommodation Survey (SSAS)
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with up to 14 rooms, visitor hostels and caravan park operators are urged to register for Tourism Research Australia’s Small-Scale Accommodation Survey (SSAS). This research, which will track your performance over time, is essential to determining how successful your product design and marketing is in attracting visitors. For more information and to register, click here.
Visa fee increase
The Federal Government has announced its intention to increase the cost of working holiday visas from $280 to $350 from 1 January 2013. This change will add to the perception of Australia as an expensive destination, and it has the potential to compound the labour shortages being experienced by our industry. VTIC has been active in the media on this issue; to see our media release, click here. Members affected by this decision are urged to contact their local MP, Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan and Federal Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson.
Third runway for Melbourne Airport
VTIC has welcomed Melbourne Airport’s plans to build a third runway, which will help accommodate the anticipated 60 million passengers forecast to arrive in Melbourne each year by 2033. The proposed new runway will also generate employment and other economic benefits. See VTIC’s media release responding to the announcement here.
Victorian Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth
VTIC attended a special launch last week of Victorian Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth with the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Andrews, and Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry Tim Holding. VTIC’s media release is available here.
*To ensure you stay up-to-date on policy and advocacy matters, VTIC will now send media releases to members as they are distributed.