Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) chair Martin Ferguson said that while tourism had been well served at Cabinet level in the Abbott Government by Trade Minister Andrew Robb, the industry deserved its own voice in Government.
“While we would have preferred tourism to have a seat at the Cabinet table, we are confident that Senator Colbeck will represent tourism strongly,” said Ferguson.
“With Senator Colbeck coming from Tasmania, he will know the importance of tourism and its potential to create jobs and generate income.
“We will be calling on him to address a number of major issues that require urgent attention to drive future demand and ensure the industry is both competitive and responsive to the changing market conditions.”
The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) also joined in the chorus of support, however TTF CEO Margy Osmond cautioned that the decision to leave Colbeck out of cabinet meant tourism will continue to need strong support and advocacy from senior cabinet ministers Julie Bishop and Andrew Robb.
“Tourism will sit underneath the cabinet cluster of Foreign Affairs with Ms Bishop and Trade and Investment with Mr Robb, senior ministers who have a strong grasp of the issues facing our industry both domestically and internationally,” she said.