The New South Wales Government must back the state’s tourism industry in the 2010-11 state budget, according to industry body, Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
“Tourism makes a massive contribution to the NSW economy,” said TTF’s executive director Brett gale, “directly employing more than 150,000 people.”
“Investment in marketing, attractions and tourism product is critical to ensure that we can continue to entice visitors from both home and abroad.
“It’s vital that the budget at the very least maintains funding for Tourism NSW so that it can promote the state as a tourism destination.
“This is also essential for partnerships with tourism businesses and to give operators the certainty they need to plan their marketing activities.
“Events are another big driver of visitation, and Events NSW is building an outstanding calendar of major events which are attracting visitors from across Australia and around the world.
“Funding for Events NSW must also be at the least maintained, so it can continue its successful growth.
“In addition, the announcements on funding for the expansion of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Fish Market must be formalised in the budget.
“These projects will revitalise two of Sydney’s iconic attractions, adding significantly to the state’s tourism offering.”
Gale said it’s essential the budget also allocates funding to works at the Sydney Opera House.
“The funding announced at the weekend by Premier Kristina Keneally is a welcome first step towards improving safety and amenity for patrons, performers and crew.
“As well as including the $152 million announced yesterday, the Budget must include funding for the Opera House in forward estimates so that planning can begin for the required works.”