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Budget signals solid support for tourism

14 /05/ 2014 Comments are Closed

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) acknowledges the solid support for tourism in the 2014-15 federal budget.
VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith says the government has identified tourism as one of five National Investment Priorities, and despite tight fiscal parameters the budget contains a number of initiatives to strengthen the tourism sector.
These include:
  • $43 million for a new Tourism Demand-Driver Infrastructure Programme
  • $10 million in new funding for the Australia-China Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme
Ms Smith said she was pleased to see funding allocations for the industry’s key visitor growth market, China.
“Asia-ready product marketing is an issue VTIC has aggressively advocated for and we congratulate the Treasurer on heeding VTIC’s advice on this important issue. I hope that this first budget from the Abbott Government is an indication of its ongoing commitment to the tourism industry, which is set to be one of Australia’s economic growth engines over the next 20 years. This includes vital infrastructure support,” says Ms Smith.
Also welcome is the decision to freeze the Passenger Movement Charge and provide multiple entry three year Visas for Chinese business visitors.
“Importantly the budget reaffirms the government’s funding support for Tourism Australia which is vital to ensuring Australia’s tourism marketing capitalises on emerging opportunities in the competitive global marketplace,” says Ms Smith.
“With almost 1,000,000 jobs linked to Australian tourism, this support comes at an important time in the sector’s continuing development.
“The budget’s focus on developing tourism infrastructure, improving visitor experiences and raising tourism visitor expenditure is appropriate.
“It also complements recent announcements in the Victorian state budget that are focused on enhancing tourism marketing and improving visitor amenities.”
VTIC

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march

26mar9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Aboriginal Tourism Workshop9:00 am - 5:00 pm Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders

28mar12:00 pm4:00 pmVictorian Chamber Presents: AFLW Grand Final Lunch12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Marvel Stadium

april

03apr6:00 pm8:00 pmVTIC Spotlight on a Member at Melbourne Sealife Aquarium with Party Higher6:00 pm - 8:00 pm SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

17apr10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Skills of the Visitor Economy10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

may

01may12:00 pm2:30 pmVictorian Chamber and Melbourne Press Club present: Post-budget lunch with Tim Pallas MP12:00 pm - 2:30 pm The Grand Ballroom, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

08may6:00 pm8:00 pmSpotlight on a Member- Save the Date - Melbourne Cricket Ground6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

22may10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

30may9:00 am5:00 pmDestination Melbourne presents: Destination Melbourne LIVE9:00 am - 5:00 pm Arts Centre Melbourne - The Pavilion

june

05jun5:30 pm7:30 pmSpotlight on a Member- Floyd’s Aperitivo Bar5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

19jun10:30 am11:30 amVTIC Webinar Series - Save the Date10:30 am - 11:30 am Online

july

17julallday18allday2019 Vic Tourism Conference(All Day) GMHBA Stadium

august

21augallday23allday2019 Victorian Visitor Information Services Summit(All Day) Holmesglen at Eildon

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