One year on from the 2014 state election, the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) is encouraged by the Andrews Government’s actions to grow the tourism and events sector, however it says significant opportunity remains and must be acted upon swiftly.
“Over the past 12 months the government has rightfully acknowledged the significant contribution the tourism and events sector makes to the economy and engaged with industry to improve business competitiveness and grow jobs,” said VTIC Acting Chief Executive Erin Joyce.
Highlights of the government’s agenda include:
“Encouraging progress has been made and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Andrews Government on the implementation of these important measures,” said Ms Joyce.
“However a number of challenges must be addressed to give industry surety on the government’s future direction, drive visitation and investment, and reduce the cost of doing business in Victoria.”
Priorities going forward include:
“Lowering the cost of doing business must be a priority for government – particularly by reducing labour costs across the industry and minimising licensing and permit red tape for tour operators,” said Ms Joyce.
“The past 12 months has seen the Andrews Government make a solid start and in 2016 we will continue to work with the government to grow tourism jobs and the visitor economy in our state.”