The Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC) says the release of the Coalition’s Policy for Tourism document today recognises the importance of the tourism industry to the economy.
VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith says, “We are delighted to see the Coalition commit to supporting one of our state’s most important industries, and we look forward to seeing further commitment to the growth of the sector.
“The policy details many funding, structural changes and tax breaks that will assist the Victorian tourism industry to remain competitive and sustainable.
“In particular, we welcome the previously announced $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 has been widely hailed by small business, of which many tourism operators are.
“Tourism is a key contributor to our state’s economy, creating jobs, attracting strategic investment and enhancing social wellbeing.
“It’s fitting that this announcement was made during Victoria Tourism Week. We welcome the renewed focus on tourism and we hope to see a continuing focus on the industry after the election, no matter who is in government.”