The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) congratulates the Coalition Government on its election victory, welcoming its vision for the Victorian tourism industry.
VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith was pleased to attend the launch of the Coalition’s Policy for Tourism last Thursday and acknowledges the engagement the Coalition has had with Victoria’s tourism industry to date.
“The Coalition Government has mapped out a vision for the tourism and events industry which will bring new opportunities for growth in the state,” says Ms Smith.
“The Coalition’s tourism policy recognises the importance of the industry to the economy and we look forward to working with the Government to develop this.
“In particular, we welcome the matching $25 million in funding for the Great Ocean Road upgrade, improvements to the visa process for Chinese nationals that will better enable visitors from this steadily growing market, and a 1.5 per cent reduction in company tax which will assist many tourism and events operators.
“The renewed focus on tourism-related infrastructure is also positive, and we also believe the shifting of tourism policy making into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will serve industry well.
“Tourism is a key contributor to our state’s economy, creating jobs, attracting strategic investment and enhancing social wellbeing.
”A greater focus on tourism policy will allow Victoria’s $19 billion tourism industry to remain competitive and compelling and to continue to make a valuable contribution to the economic and cultural lives of Victorians as well as visitors.”