Tourism Ministers meet to grow Australia’s largest service export

Media release

10 October 2013

Australia’s tourism ministers will tomorrow come together in Canberra to further develop their cooperative efforts to help support, strengthen and promote the all-important Australian tourism industry.

The meeting will be chaired by the Federal Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, the Cabinet Minister responsible for tourism.

“Tourism is an increasingly important sector for the Australian economy. I welcome this early opportunity to meet with my state and territory counterparts to lay out the new Australian Government’s vision for tourism,” Mr Robb said.

Tourism is our largest services export, with international visitor consumption of $26 billion representing over 8 per cent of total Australian exports.

“The Australian Government will place particular emphasis on encouraging Australian tourism to compete at the high-value, high-quality end of the global tourism market.”

“To this end, the principal focus will be on the promotion and pursuit of international tourism opportunities and this is reflected by the decision to locate tourism within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio.

“We will also help further enhance the important relationship between Tourism Australia and Austrade in driving economic diplomacy and capitalising on new opportunities and growing markets abroad,” Mr Robb said.

"Tourism is a critical component of my focus to increase export income, attract more international investment, create more jobs and strengthen Australia's prosperity. Tourism operates in a global marketplace and we are determined to demonstrate to the world that we are very much open for business.”

Mr Robb said working with tourism ministers from around the country on implementing a national tourism reform agenda was essential to these efforts.

Media enquiries

  • Trade Minister's Office: (02) 6277 7420
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555