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Strong forecast for Victoria’s peak events season but tourism businesses must also attract Australian visitors over winter

23 /10/ 2017 Comments are Closed

Victoria’s tourism sector experienced a quieter than expected September 2017 Quarter, despite major events in the State such as a successful AFL Finals Series and the Dior Exhibition at the NGV.

While more than a third of businesses in the tourism sector reported a decline in profits during the September quarter, international visitation numbers remain strong and one in five businesses reported a rise in export activity.

Despite this, business conditions are expected to improve entering the final quarter of 2017, which heralds a strong calendar of events. Almost half of tourism businesses expect sales to increase and 43 per cent expect profits to rebound.

Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer said the results of the Survey of Business Trends and Prospects showed that despite a promising outlook, important lessons for the future must be learnt.

“The decline in profits over the September quarter was a disappointing but not surprising outcome. The winter off-peak is usually a quieter trading period for tourism business, and this is reflected in these results. International visitation numbers remained strong and 20 per cent of businesses reported a rise in export activity,” he said.

Looking ahead to the final quarter of 2017, the industry is naturally optimistic with Victoria’s events calendar heating up and the extended school holiday period approaching before Christmas.

“The cyclical and unpredictable nature of profitability and business conditions presents important lessons for the tourism industry. It is vital that we strategically market Victoria to interstate and intrastate visitors as well as our international visitors. Our international visitation numbers are strong but the cooler winter months are also a terrific opportunity for Australians to take advantage of lower airfares and accommodation prices and discover what Victoria has to offer,” Mr Ostermeyer said.

“The industry’s upcoming peak trading period is a welcome relief but will also create rising employment costs. Almost a quarter of businesses in tourism plan to reduce overtime offered and only 22 per cent are planning to increase employment levels. If business can benefit from consistent, year-round visitation numbers across international, interstate and intrastate markets, this will help off-set some of the impact of rising labour costs over the holiday period.”

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The peak body for Victoria's tourism and events industry, VTIC represents key industry associations and operators, with over 1400 members.

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