Industry throws its support behind new tourism minister

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Senator Don Farrell has been given the tourism portfolio in the new Albanese led cabinet.

Senator Don Farrell has been named as the Federal Tourism Minister by the newly elected Albanese Government.

Labor’s pre-election commitments to the tourism sector included $10 million for marketing to attract workers to tourism and $10 million to assist businesses back into international markets.

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) said it welcomed the opportunity to work with Farrell on key issues including visa policy, workforce shortages and aviation access.

“Minister Farrell has been a strong supporter of our industry over many years and has a grounded understanding of the fundamental opportunities and challenges facing the rebuild of our tourism export industry,” said ATEC managing director Peter Shelley.

“We congratulate the Minister and his team and look forward to discussing our feedback and opportunities for tourism’s success.”

Tourism Council WA said it was looking forward to working with Farrell to implement the new government’s $48 million federal tourism election commitments in Western Australia, including the $8 million commitment to quality tourism development programs.

“Tourism Council WA will work with the new federal tourism minister to implement the $8 million commitment to develop accredited and award-winning tourism businesses in WA,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.

“We will work with the new Federal Government on the WA tourism industry’s outstanding policy priorities, particularly climate change and attracting international visitors, backpackers, and students to travel and work in Australia.”