“The new ministry is well informed and ready to support tourism’s future”: Peak industry bodies welcome Australia’s new PM

“The new ministry is well informed and ready to support tourism’s future”: Peak industry bodies welcome Australia’s new PM

The industry’s peak bodies have welcomed the new government after Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister this morning alongside four senior ministers.

The Labor party quietly committed to a $48 million tourism and travel package last week to help rebuild the industry, including a $10 million injection in training and skills development for hospitality and accommodation.

Peter Shelley, managing director of the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), said the additional funding will be crucial in supporting travel businesses to reconnect with international markets and rebuild their workforce.

Shelley is looking forward to working alongside the Albanese government to help get the industry back on its feet.

“Over the past two years, ATEC has built a strong relationship with the Labor party, ensuring they are across the key issues being faced by our industry,” he said.

“We are confident the new ministry is well informed and ready to support tourism’s future.

“As an industry which delivered $45bn in revenue to our economy, export tourism is a valuable contributor which will help drive Australia’s future success.

“ATEC looks forward to meeting Australia’s new tourism minister to successfully build on the opportunities our industry offers.”

Ministerial portfolios are expected to be announced on 30 May, however, it is likely former shadow minister for tourism Senator Don Farrell will be Australia’s next Minister for Tourism.

The Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) has been working closely with Farrell, who is a long-standing and vocal champion of Australia’s Travel Agents.

According to AFTA CEO Dean Long, Farrell has consistently worked behind the scenes and been vocal on the floor of Parliament to push the need for ongoing support.

In a recent webinar, Farrell met with AFTA members and highlighted his focus on listening to the industry to find out how to best aid its recovery.

Incoming Minister for Tourism, Senator Don Farrell, poses alongside former PM Julia Gillard and Australia’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Penny Wong (image: Facebook/SenatorDonFarrell)

“Importantly, AFTA will continue our bipartisan approach as we need to make sure that all key decision-makers in our parliaments, federal, state and territory understand the challenges and the opportunities to support,” Long said. “Travel and Tourism is a massive economic driver for the Australian economy and Australia’s travel businesses are key economic contributors within communities in every part of Australia.“Given the economic challenges facing us at a national, sector and community level, the involvement of the private sector in scoping and shaping the solution is more important than ever before.”

In April, Farrell told AFTA members he made the decision early on that Labor wouldn’t “score political points” from an industry that was hurting as badly as travel.

“Where possible we have done the best we could to support the government in practical decisions and pushing them to make those decisions as early as they could,” he said.

“What I have done in the last 18 months or so is listen to the industry to get a sense of the things that will really help in the recovery.

“We will continue talking to you. We know what the issues are and we intend to bring forward policies to deal with that as we recover.

“We are well aware of the struggles the travel sector has gone through and AFTA has been very active in this regard. I’m very honoured to be able to speak to you today.

“I don’t think there’s any other group in our community that’s done it tougher than you. I know the struggles you’ve gone through and I’d like to help as much as I can in what I hope will be a strong, long-standing recovery.”

The cruise industry has also welcomed the Albanese government, however, peak body Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) chose to also acknowledge the previous Coalition Government’s role in supporting the tourism economy and responding to recent challenges.

In particular, CLIA praised the previous government for “opening a pathway to the revival of cruising in Australia”.

CLIA’s regional managing director, Joel Katz said he looks forward to working with the incoming government on the revival of Australia’s cruise economy and to help strengthen the country’s wider tourism revival.

“Cruising will play an important part in Australia’s long-term tourism development and will be a key contributor to the revival of international visitor spending in our region,” Katz said.

“As cruising takes its first steps towards recovery after its pandemic suspension, it will be important to focus on the long-term role a vibrant and prosperous cruise industry will play in bringing economic benefits to communities right around Australia’s coasts.”

From the aviation sector, the Transport Worker’s Union (TWU) national secretary, Michael Kaine, said the change in government is a welcome relief.

“Prior to the election, the Labor Government pledged to stabilise aviation and provide secure jobs with reform to address the vulnerabilities in the industry and reverse the race to the bottom on wages and conditions,” Kaine said.

“A mass exodus of skilled workers who were abandoned by the Coalition throughout the pandemic has left the industry falling short on safety and service, like passengers experienced at our major airports over Easter.

“Aviation workers with the full backing of the TWU are ready for change, and will be holding the new Federal Government to account on its commitments.”


Featured image credit: Facebook/AlboMP

Latest News

  • Cruise

Seabourn introduces enhanced groups programs for travel advisors

Leading ultra-luxury cruising and expedition travel company, Seabourne, proudly announces the “Seabourn Enhanced Groups Program” to elevate business prospects for travel advisors. This program introduces a revamped Tour Conductor Credit that offers shipboard credits or bonus commission for bookings. It also eliminates the need for deposits for small group allotments and increases group capacity. “Seabourn […]

  • Cruise

MSC World America to become the ultimate family destination at sea

MSC Cruises’ latest world-class ship is set to redefine family cruising with unprecedented spaces and activities, including ones developed in partnership with the LEGO® group. The cruise line announced that its new flagship will feature seven distinct districts, each bringing together a range of tailored experiences. The ship’s blend of American comfort and European design […]

  • Cruise

Ponant’s latest luxury cruise expeditions for 2024 and 2025

Head out to see the beauty of unique destinations on three bucket-list explorations of Australia with Ponant Cruise’s new luxury expeditions. Known for their luxury cruises, Ponant offers unique and truly exceptional sea voyage aboard sleek and intimately sized cruise yachts. They offer a range of discovery expeditions, and launched new cruises that take guests […]

  • News

Liz Anderson steps down from CATO Board after eight years of leadership

The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) has today announced that Liz Anderson (at right) will be stepping down from the Board on Wednesday June 19, concluding her eight years as a director. “The eight years that Liz served on the CATO board were the most transformative time in the Association’s history,” CATO Chair Dennis […]

  • Attractions

Comedian Josh Thomas road tests swapping day job for Tassie odd jobs

Australians are invited to tap into a 200-million-day annual leave bank* and swap day jobs for one of 10 ‘Odd Jobs’ in Tasmania this off-season including Wombat Walker, Paranormal Investigator, Wine Whisperer and Truffler Snuffler. Tourism Tasmania has today launched Odd Jobs, a tongue-in-cheek campaign designed to encourage Australians to swap their day jobs for […]

  • Aviation
  • News

Christine O’Reilly to replace Peter Hay as chair of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation

Christine O’Reilly has been named as the new chair of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (APAC) – the owner of Melbourne and Launceston Airports. According to a release, O’Reilly will replace Peter Hay on 1 October, who retires after five years as Chair of APAC. APAC CEO Lorie Argus said O’Reilly’s appointment comes at an exciting […]

  • Tourism

The number one thing you can’t forget if you’re going to Europe & The Olympics

As the Summer Olympics in Paris draws near, travel insurance comparison site Compare the Market is urging travellers to safeguard their European summer sports dreams by getting travel insurance for when the unexpected happens. While France seems like a decently safe country to visit, it’s crucial not to overlook the potential risks that could disrupt a holiday. From bed […]

  • Destinations
  • Partner Content

The Solomon Islands’ is ‘Kulture-plus’

Be grateful that your experience of 'headhunting' is limited to some random dude reaching out to you on LinkedIn.

Partner Content

by Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly
  • Cruise

Cruise Traveller’s new Scottish Highlands cruise tour package

Australian small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller, offers a 20-night land and sea holiday in the UK aboard the Lord of the Glens. The tiny cruise line’s 52-guest boutique vessel, Lord of the Glens, is purpose-built to explore the intricate waterways and lochs of the Scottish Highlands. It boasts a rich, traditional ambience with polished […]

  • Cruise

Celebrity Xcel’s keel-laying ceremony in France, with 2025 inaugural sail planned

Construction has commenced on Celebrity Cruises’ next ship, Celebrity Xcel, with a keel-laying ceremony at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. An Edge Series ship, Celebrity Xcel will set sail in autumn 2025, with several new yet-to-be-revealed offerings. At the ceremony, Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group (RCG), the parent […]

  • Destinations
  • Tour Operators

Globus unveils nine new independent tours for 2025

Coach touring brand Globus has unveiled nine new independent tours for 2025, from Bangkok to Bali and Abu Dhabi to Nepal. “With Globus Independent tours, our guests are free to enjoy the many benefits of touring, untethered and unscheduled,” APAC head of marketing, Globus family of brands (GFOB), Chris Fundell said. “Providing hand-picked hotel accommodations, […]

  • Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group opens Mandarin Oriental Mayfair

The Mandarin Oriental has opened a second property in London, the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, in the heart of historic Hanover Square. Designed by internationally renowned Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, the hotel is the first new build in Mayfair in over a decade. Bringing a modern architectural approach to one of London’s most storied squares, […]