When will the tourism industry finally realise the value of its business?
Posted November 15, 2018 12:07:33The Australian tourism industry has long enjoyed a long-standing reputation as a great place to visit, and its numbers have steadily increased over the years.
However, with the current downturn in the tourism market, the industry is facing some tough times and this is reflected in the Government’s decision to impose new restrictions on the numbers of Australians visiting seychechelles.
The Government wants to reduce the number of visitors from the region by 40 per cent over the next five years.
The Government has also proposed to cap the number people who can enter seychelles tourist zones from one year to one year and five years, with an extra five years to extend the periods of those visiting.
But the impact of this measure will be felt by the tourism sector, and for that reason, there is a need for industry experts to give an update on how this will impact tourism.
In a recent interview with The Australian Financial Review, Tourism Industry Association (TIA) CEO Simon LeBlanc said the impact to the industry would be significant.
“The tourism industry is a big business in Australia, and if the government does this to protect that industry, it’s going to be really detrimental to tourism,” Mr LeBlANC said.
“There are some measures that have been put in place, but there’s a real danger that the tourism community could lose their ability to access the seychetchelles.”
He said it was the Government that had failed to understand the importance of the tourism business.
“I think the government, and the tourism lobby, are missing the boat here.
They’re not paying attention to this and we’re missing the big picture here,” Mr Lujan said.
Mr Lujan also said that the Government needed to think about the long-term impact of the measures.
“If they want to keep doing the right thing and invest in tourism, they need to understand that these measures are going to have an impact for a long time, for decades to come,” Mr Lukan said.
The TIA said the Government should reconsider the measures and put the long term future of tourism in its broader economic portfolio.
“It’s important to understand why the Government is so determined to restrict the numbers coming to the island, and we are concerned that the actions are going in the wrong direction,” TIA’s chief executive officer Peter Riddell said.
He said the TIA believed that the measures would have a lasting negative impact on tourism in the region.
“We think it’s absolutely ridiculous that these people, these tourists, would be excluded from their tourism opportunities,” Mr Riddoll said.
In an email to The Australian, Tourism Minister Christopher Pyne said the measures were a long overdue step.
“These measures are designed to help restore confidence and confidence in tourism by reducing the number and scope of visitors coming to our region, while also encouraging new arrivals to the region and making it easier for visitors to explore,” Mr Pyne wrote.
“This measures are part of a package of measures to address the long standing challenges in our region including the increasing demand for accommodation and tourism services.”
Tourism has been a major source of economic growth for our region and tourism remains one of the most important drivers of local jobs.
“The Government said it would consult with the community about the measures over the coming weeks.
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