The Australian Tourism Industry Council (ATIC) voiced support for Tuesday’s federal budget announcement and said it would provide crucial support to Australia’s tourism economy by developing products, attracting workers and upgrading infrastructure.
The federal budgetthe first from Labor since being elected in May, includes $48 million in support for the visitor economy over four years, made up of five sub-measures for the tourism and travel industry.
These measures include attracting workers to the Australian tourism industry, expanding the Hub, upgrading Australian caravan park infrastructure and improving the tourism quality framework.
ATIC Vice President Shaun de Bruyn said Quality Tourism Framework funding will provide mentorship, support and programs to develop new tourism products and access new markets for existing products. , as well as micro-accreditations to develop staff and business owners.
The Quality Tourism Framework (QTF) is an online program available to all businesses engaged in the visitor economy, which stimulates business development, enhances and diversifies Australia’s tourism product, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses.
“ATIC commends the Labor Government for supporting small and medium-sized businesses in the tourism sector through the Tourism Quality Framework. This will help our tourism economy stay competitive and support a sustainable tourism sector,” said de Bruyn.
Over 10,000 tourism businesses across Australia already participate in the Quality Tourism Framework, which offers training, accreditation and awards programs. This enables small tourism businesses to develop high quality, sustainable, environmentally friendly, accessible and internationally oriented tourism products.
Other measures released in the federal budget that will support the visitor economy included free TAFE and vocational education in industries facing skills shortages, including tourism and hospitality, a promotional campaign to attract workers, the creation of a national electric vehicle charging network that will support car and RV travel and continue to support sustainable tourism access to our World Heritage sites.
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