After significant protest from the Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), the Federal Government has reversed its decision to cut funding for the long-running Survey of Tourist Accommodation statistics program.
“This data is a vital business resource and without it we would not be able to gauge how accommodation businesses are performing. Abolition would have severely hampered the industry’s ability to learn, grow and realise its potential,” says VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith.
“In partnership with the Accommodation Association of Australia and the National Tourism Alliance, we called for the reinstatement of this crucial program and welcome this outcome.”
Ms Smith’s comments come after the Federal Government announced the continuation of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Survey of Tourist Accommodation program – a reversal of a recent announcement of its abolition.
The announcement was made at the Coalition Friends of Tourism dinner in Canberra last night, attended by Ms Smith.
“The data provided over three decades is essential in informing policy and operational decisions across the tourism industry, as well as for building effective business cases for potential investors, both in the accommodation industry and the tourism sector more broadly,” says Ms Smith.