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Sunday, January 22, 2006

STATE OUT-PERFORMS NATIONAL TOURISM IN JOBS AND SPENDING - Paula Wriedt, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

STATE OUT-PERFORMS NATIONAL TOURISM IN JOBS AND SPENDING - Paula Wriedt, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Tasmanian Tourism has far outstripped Australian tourism in its growth in jobs and visitor spending.

Tourism Minister Paula Wriedt said the figures released today by Tourism Research Australia were outstanding.

“Tasmania has experienced significantly higher growth in the amount of money spent by overnight visitors, compared to Australia as a whole since 1999 – a massive 67.2 per cent growth compared to 14.8 per cent,” she said.

“In addition, tourism accounts for a significantly higher proportion of Tasmania’s total employment, at about 19 per cent compared to tourism’s contribution of around nine per cent to total employment across Australia.”

Ms Wriedt said that these figures brought Tasmania’s gains over the past seven years starkly into focus.

“The value of tourism to the Tasmanian economy in 2003–04 is estimated to be $2.68 billion, which is a total contribution to Gross State Product of 11.2 per cent, compared to Australian tourism’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product of 3.9 per cent,” she said.

“This is a remarkable achievement for Tasmania’s tourism industry to perform so well when the report shows Australian tourism’s contribution to GDP in 2003–04 was declining steadily.”

Ms Wriedt said that these figures are especially significant in light of Access Economics’ statement that the Tasmanian economy as a whole has been doing consistently better than the economy of any other Australian State for the past few years.

“Not only is tourism making an outstanding contribution to Tasmania’s economy but these tourism comparisons indicate that we are on a very firm footing to manage the challenges of changing visitor patterns confronting tourism throughout the country today,” she said.

“With new developments proposed by tourism investors and continued cooperation between industry and government on marketing initiatives, there is optimism that Tasmania can consolidate the 45 per cent growth in visitor numbers achieved in the three years to June 2005 and continue to build industry performance in line with Tourism 21 goals.”

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