Liberal cuts hitting tourism industry

Latest data shows South Australia’s tourism numbers are slumping as the Marshall Liberal Government plans another round of deep cuts to the South Australian Tourism Commission’s budget.

HON ZOE BETTISON MP

Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

 

Tuesday 2 April 2019

 

Liberal cuts hitting tourism industry

 

Latest data shows South Australia’s tourism numbers are slumping as the Marshall Liberal Government plans another round of deep cuts to the South Australian Tourism Commission’s budget.

Tourism Research Australia has released the latest data for international visitors for the year ending December 2018 with South Australia the only State to go backwards. 

In contrast with national growth in international tourism, South Australia saw an alarming decline in international visitors (-3.2%), spending (-3.5%) and visit nights (-9%) compared with the previous year. 

 

The visitor economy is a big job creator in South Australia. It directly employs 36,000 people and contributes $6.9 billion to the State’s economy

In its last budget, the State Government cut $11 million from the SATC, and industry sources say that there’s another 5% cut planned in this year’s State budget.

The Joyce Review, published to much fanfare by the Marshall Liberal Government in February, recommends that oversight of the Commission should now directly fall to the beefed-up Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment. (Recommendation 9.31)

That means the SATC loses its independence to set its own international marketing strategy and combined with cuts to their budget, puts South Australia at a distinct disadvantage to other States. (Recommendations: 9.12 and 9.33)

 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Zoe Bettison

This slump in international visitor numbers will only get worse as the Marshall Liberal Government cuts the tourism budget further.

Cutting the SATC budget means either less money to market the State internationally or less money for events – both drive international visitors to South Australia.

Fewer visitors means fewer jobs and the industry cannot afford any more cuts from the Marshall Liberal Government. 

 

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