Prime Minister Scott Morrison has appointed a new Tourism Minister following a pre-Christmas cabinet shuffle.
Dan Tehan is the new Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, replacing Simon Birmingham who has switched to the Finance portfolio.
The news was welcomed by the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB).
“Minister Tehan has been a supporter of the high yield business events industry since his role as Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism earlier this decade,” AACB CEO Andrew Hiebl said.
“More recently, the Minister has shown his understanding of the industry’s needs as the Trade, Tourism and Investment representative in the House of Representatives.”
The Australian Tourism Export Council also welcomed the news, with managing director Peter Shelley saying the new Minister has been long committed to the tourism sector demonstrated by his previous role as the Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism group.
“His electorate of Wannon being the home of the famous Twelve Apostles landmark in Victoria, Minister Tehan has had a long and engaged commitment to the tourism sector and understands its economic importance for hundreds of regional communities throughout Australia,” said Shelley
“As we navigate the reopening of borders and what will be a hugely changed international marketplace, our industry’s ability to work with the Government will be vital and we look forward to building a strong relationship with Minister Tehan during this time.”