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Increased ‘backpacker’ visa tax a setback for tourism industry

23 /10/ 2012 Comments are Closed

VTIC says the 25 per cent tax increase from $280 to $350 on the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) announced by Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan yesterday is a major setback for the tourism industry.

VTIC Chief Executive Dianne Smith says, “Expenditure by WHV visitors while they’re in Australia is a great source of revenue for Australia’s economy and, beyond the direct expenditure WHV tourists bring, they also provide much needed labour and skills in the tourism and other industries.

“This additional tax is yet another barrier in a situation in which we’re trying to encourage, not dissuade.

“This added cost compounds the already difficult climate in which the tourism industry is operating in. The high Australian dollar, our distance from the rest of the world, the rise of competitors such as Canada and US, to name a few, are already challenging our industry.

“These charges will have a particular impact on younger tourist segments, such as backpackers, and will not only reduce tourism expenditure by making Australia a less competitive destination, but may exacerbate labour and skills gaps currently filled by WHV visitors.

“The move is particularly damaging to our regional centres which depend on visitors such as these to travel and work in their regions, and is contrary to the government’s current strategy to attract increased labour particularly to rural and regional areas.

“We’d like to see the WHV scheme made more attractive for visitors through measures like increasing the maximum age from 30 to 35, not making it less appealing through increased charges.

“Just because tourists don’t vote does not mean they should be disproportionately targeted by taxation,” says Ms Smith.

Media contact: Melina Walton, Senior Communications Adviser, mwalton@vecci.org.au, 03 8662 5310, 0423 883 945

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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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