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Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson launches a major piece of policy

Tourism & Transport Forum Members’ Circular, 15 April 2011

Tourism planning was under the spotlight this week, with Federal Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson launching a major piece of policy work by TTF and Urbis – our National Tourism Planning Guide – at the Council of Australian Governments Meeting in Darwin.

The guide, funded through the Australian Government’s TQUAL Grants program, is the culmination of extensive consultation with TTF members, industry stakeholders and planning authorities to develop a best practice guide for tourism planning and foster stronger relationships between planners and the tourism industry.

It identifies the key challenges faced by the industry in delivering new tourism product. This includes providing the right regulatory environment to facilitate more tourism development, such as more hotel stock in those cities operating at capacity.

The federal government’s recognition of this project will help ensure tourism planning remains on the national agenda. TTF will also continue to raise awareness among local and state government planners of the need for greater integration between planning and tourism.

With the Federal Budget less than a month away, there have been suggestions the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC) may be increased. We will continue to push for, at the very least, for the current charge to be maintained, or at best, for it to be abolished.

The tourism guide is attached below

Written by: 

John Lee

CEO  Tourism & Transport Forum

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