A Canberra Liberals government would implement a three pronged approach to attracting more interstate, international and business visitors, Shadow Minister for Tourism Nicole Lawder said today.
“Local government needs to be proactive working with local industry to identify how our market can be boosted. We should listen to and expand on their ideas and help those who are working hard to boost tourism,” Ms Lawder said.
She said a Liberal government would host an ACT tourism industry symposium to identify tourism innovation and provide the government with advice on strategies to deliver new tourism opportunities and products.
It would review all legislation and regulations affecting local tourism operators with the aim of reducing red tape and would provide $375,000 in funding to the Canberra Convention Bureau.
Ms Lawder said government needed to listen to local operators.
“They are the experts and know how local government can best enhance the local sector,” she said.
“Canberra has huge untapped potential as a destination for ecotourism, leisure tourism and business tourism, from both interstate and international visitors.”
Pictured are tourists visiting Parliament House. Photo: Canberra Convention Bureau