International Visitors Survey highlights Tourism as Economic and Jobs Powerhouse
The latest International Visitors Survey for year ending March 2018 reflects an impressive increase of 6% in spend to $42.3 billion, Australian Chamber-Tourism, Australia’s peak body for tourism organisations said today.
Executive Chair of Australian Chamber-Tourism, John Hart said “Australia is a world-class destination and this is reinforced by 62% of arrivals being repeat visitors who spend more and stay longer than first-time visitors.
“These results on the back of the recent National Visitors Survey and the Overseas Arrivals and Departures figures highlight the potential and performance of Tourism as an economic powerhouse, generating hundreds of thousands of jobs including in regional communities.
“We know tourism is one of Australia’s largest services exports and directly employs over half a million people across the country.
“With visitation trends continuing to grow, we will need more workers with diverse skill sets to cope with demand.
“With many people expressing concern about where the jobs of the future will come from, we can say unequivocally that many of them will come from growing sectors such as Tourism.
“We will continue to promote the message that ‘Tourism Works’ to ensure tourism is front of mind for policymakers.
“With federal by-elections looming large in political consciousness, it is important to note that across the five electorates there are over 30,000 jobs in tourism and hospitality.
“A lot of voters depend on tourism for their livelihood and their future.”
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