Posted on 02. May, 2012 in News
Hundreds of jobs in Victoria’s tourism industry could be shed across Victoria with today’s State Budget forecasting a massive drop in the number of international and domestic travellers to Victoria, Shadow Minister for Toursim Justin Madden said today. Mr Madden said the figures were remarkable given Premier Ted Baillieu and the Minister for Tourism, Louise Asher, had talked up tourism as one of Victoria’s key strengths.
“Baillieu Government budget forecasts show total expenditure by visitors to Victoria will be $1.75 billion less this financial year than last financial year, due to a projected 9.5 per cent fall in the expected number of domestic and international tourists,” he said
The Budget breakdown of tourist forecasts for 2012-13 includes:
· $700 million less spent by domestic visitors;
· $500 million less spent by international visitors;
· $500 million less spent by domestic visitors in regional Victoria; and
· $55 million less spent by international visitors in regional Victoria.
Mr Madden said over the next year, Victoria will welcome 800,000 less overnight domestic visitors and 200,000 less international visitors.
“This is more proof, Victoria is going backwards under the Baillieu Government,” he said.
“It is appalling news for hundreds of small businesses, especially in regional and rural Victoria, who depend on tourism for their survival.
“Ms Asher needs to wake up, and start doing her job promoting Victoria as a holiday and business tourism destination or risk hundreds of more job losses across Victoria.”