Tourism and business

The latest statistics available (as at 30 June 2016) report Australia’s tourism industry comprises around 279,000 businesses across sectors such as accommodation, cafes, restaurants and takeaway food services, retail trade and transport.

At that time (in 2015-16), the industry employed around 890,000 people, directly and indirectly.

One year on (in 2016-17), total employment in the industry increased strongly by nearly four per cent to around 924,600 or around eight per cent of the total Australian workforce that year.

Tourism 2020 is focusing on four main areas comprising encouraging high quality tourism experiences, including Indigenous tourism, limiting regulatory burden on industry, undertaking marketing campaigns and working with industry to support the development of tourism infrastructure to drive demand.

Austrade, through its role in tourism policy, is able to connect tourism across the wider spectrum of work supporting Australian businesses and the attraction of investment into Australia.

Tools for business

Information on planning, starting and growing businesses and the ability to search for grant funding and support provided by the Australian, state and territory governments.

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Develop your workforce

A priority under the Tourism 2020 Strategy is to develop a skilled tourism workforce.

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Investing in tourism

Austrade provides coordinated government assistance to promote, attract and facilitate investment into tourism infrastructure in Australia.

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Business events

Austrade and Tourism Australia support industry through the event bidding and delivery process to strengthen Australia’s share of the international business events market.

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Information on grants programmes administered by Austrade and other resources to assist businesses. There is also information on previous grants programmes.

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Working with China

Information on Chinese cultural awareness and engagement for the Australian tourism industry to improve service quality and enhance the capacity of industry to better understand and service the Chinese traveller.

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