Fed Govt denies regional tourism is struggling

first_imgThe Federal Tourism Minister has denied the claims of a Commonwealth Bank report that the regional tourism sector is struggling so much that the government should consider buying out industry operators. The bleak outlook in the CommSec report doesn’t measure up against the fact Australian tourism has grown three per cent in the last year, Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson said in a report by ABC Rural. Australia’s growth is made even more impressive when viewed in the context of a four per cent decline in global tourism. Mr Ferguson said initiatives like bringing Oprah Winfrey to Australia will boost regional tourism, which he said is doing really well.”There’s no intention to actually go in and buy local businesses out.””CommSec itself perhaps should look at its own arrangements, because there’s a very strong view amongst business that some of these major banks don’t give them support.” Kakadu Lodge, in the Northern Territory, is one of many industry operators who have experienced the disconnect between the government’s claims and the reality of regional tourism. The lodge has experienced a decline in tourist numbers of 20 per cent. General manager Peter Wilson said the high Aussie dollar and cheap overseas destinations are taking their toll.”Yes, certainly Kakadu and I think if you spoke with a lot of the tour operators and other providers out here, they’ll let you know that business hasn’t been as traditionally as good as it has been, especially through the July and August months, which are our bread and butter.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Clast_img

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