The Minister for Tourism is encouraging Aussies to “buy that extra beer” and spend more on domestic trips to help boost the industry.
Speaking at News Corp’s Future of Travel forum on Monday, Dan Tehan said Australians are not spending enough on domestic tourism.
“If I can say one thing to those listening today it’s this: take that holiday and spend big,” he said.
“You’re not spending big overseas so spend big here in Australia on that holiday.”
Tehan urged Australians to open their wallets wider on their next domestic trip.
“Australians please, get out there, travel, support the six hundred thousand jobs in our tourism industry,” he said.
“And make sure when you do, you buy that extra beer or that cup of coffee or maybe you have dessert because that’s what we need you to do.”
The Tourism Minister also said that Australia’s ban on foreign-flagged cruise ships carrying more than 100 people would be reviewed in mid-June, hinting that cruising may soon be back on the menu.
“My hope is if we can continue managing the pandemic like we are, we will be able to see more cruise ships in our waters and hopefully in the waters between Australia and New Zealand as well,” he said.
Tehan said he looked forward to working with the cruise industry over the coming weeks to “increase cruising here in Australia”.
“It will help airlines and it will help the wonderful holiday destinations that we have around Australia where the cruise ships stop,” he said.
“So to me, it’s something that we should be looking at.”
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