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Message from the Shadow Minister for Tourism
It’s an exciting time for
travel and tourism, with
spending picking up
across the board, and
the number of Australians
travelling at home and
abroad continuing its
As a super-growth sector for
Australia over the next 20 years,
your industry has a critical role to
play as Australia orientates itself
further toward the services sector.
Your businesses support thousands
of jobs and contribute millions of
dollars to the Australian economy
every year – and this will only grow.
Tourism growth worldwide is also
at record highs, with the United
Nations World Tourism Organization
predicting more than 1.8 billion
arrivals worldwide by 2030 – an
Of course, much of that growth is on
our doorstep, and Australia’s travel
and tourism industry is per fectly
placed to capture the boom.
New aviation agreements between
Australia and Asia have significantly
increased mobility and access for
an increasing proportion of the
population in our region.
As Shadow Minister for Tourism, it
has been a pleasure to engage
with AFTA members over the last
year at events around the country
to discuss the future of the sector.
These have been very valuable
discussions, with the need for well-
supported career pathways in
travel and tourism emerging as a
critical challenge for the industry.
Better technology to speed customs
and immigration processing has
also been on the wish list of many
operators and industry leaders.
As a result of this feedback, Labor
has adopted a new policy that is
committed to the development of
new digital tourism infrastructure in
our National Platform.
Given that there are more
than 33 million international
crossings every year – most of
them at Australian airports – this
development will enhance the
travelling experience significantly.
In other good news, the
government has finally appointed
a Tourism Minister, following a
sustained campaign by industry
and the Opposition.
This is a significant step forward
for the sector, and it sends a clear
message to our competitors about
Australia’s focus into the future.
It also ensures that there is a
central point of contact within the
government for industry to raise
your concerns and provide ideas
I congratulate Senator Richard
Colbeck on his new role as Minister for
Tourism, and I look forward to working
with him to progress the development
of travel and tourism in Australia.
Recent political developments have
also seen shifts in the government’s
approach to policy areas affecting
travel, such as infrastructure, cities
and public transport.
It remains to be seen whether
the government will commit to
key public transport projects that
reduce congestion and speed up
travel times, and that provide easy
access to airports and ports.
Regulation of the share economy
and the rise of large online booking
sites have also been emerging
as topics worthy of serious
consideration by all sides of politics.
At home, there is bipartisan support
for the development of a second
Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek,
which will significantly increase our
This project will be a game changer,
but it requires proper planning.
I will continue to advocate for
a passenger rail line that will be
operational from day one.
I am pleased to announce that
the Federal Member for Griffith,
Terri Butler MP, has taken over as
the new co-chair of the bipartisan
Parliamentary Friends of Tourism.
The group runs regular events in
Parliament House and around the
country as a way of providing direct
access for industry to MPs from
across the political spectrum.
I encourage anyone who is
interested in participating to get
involved in the group.
In the meantime, I will be continuing
to advocate for a strong and growing
travel and tourism industry in the
Parliament to ensure that the future
remains bright for this critical sector.
I look forward to continuing to work
A message from the Shadow
Minister for Tourism, the Hon
Anthony Albanese MP
The Hon Anthony Albanese
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