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ATEC welcomes Australia’s new Tourism Minister

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Tue, 12/22/2020 - 08:07

The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) also congratulates the Hon Dan Tehan MP on his appointment as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.  

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) congratulated the Hon Dan Tehan on his appointment to the role of Minister for Tourism.

“The past year has been a hugely challenging time for Australia’s tourism industry and our road to recovery will be long, particularly for those businesses primarily focused on the export sector,” ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley said.

“Australian tourism exports have fallen from $49bn a year to next to nothing, but we are determined to see the restart of this hugely successful industry which contributes so much to our economy.

“The path ahead will be different from the one we have been on but it also provides us with an opportunity to reshape ourselves as the tourism industry of the future which embraces new technology, new markets and a new type of visitor."

Mr Shelley said Minister Tehan had been a long time supporter of the tourism industry demonstrated by his previous role as the Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism group which engages industry on government policy to helps drive tourism growth and jobs across many electorates.

“His electorate of Wannon being the home of the famous Twelve Apostles landmark in Victoria, Minister Tehan has had a long and engaged commitment to the tourism sector and understands its economic importance for hundreds of regional communities throughout Australia.

“As we navigate the reopening of borders and what will be a hugely changed international marketplace, our industry’s ability to work with the Government will be vital and we look forward to building a strong relationship with Minister Tehan during this time.

“ATEC also welcomes the new Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke and Jonathan Duniam as Assistant Minister for Industry Development and thanks former tourism Minister, Simon Birmingham for the commitment he has shown to strengthening our industry and lifting the industry’s profile as an important economic contributor and look forward to our continued relationship as he moves to the Finance portfolio."

AACB congratulates new Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) congratulates the Hon Dan Tehan MP on his appointment as Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

AACB CEO, Andrew Hiebl said, “Minister Tehan has been a supporter of the high yield business events industry since his role as Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism earlier this decade. More recently, the Minister has shown his understanding of the industry’s needs as the Trade, Tourism and Investment representative in the House of Representatives.”

AACB President, Michael Matthews said, “We thank the outgoing Trade Minister, Simon Birmingham, for his support of the business events industry over the past two years and congratulate him in his new portfolio as Minister for Finance.”

Under Minister Birmingham’s leadership, he acknowledged the trade and investment opportunities derived from international business events in addition to the tourism benefits. Minister Birmingham also maintained and enhanced the Business Events Bid Fund and was key to securing $50 million to help restart business events in response to COVID-19. Our ongoing relationship with Minister Birmingham will continue to be critical to the future of the business events industry and Australia’s economic recovery post pandemic.

Minister Tehan has shown unwavering support to grow, promote and strengthen Australia’s tourism industry and the Government must be congratulated for maintaining business events within the Trade and Investment portfolio. With business events valued at more than $35 billion to Australia and underpinning more than 229,000 jobs, the industry will help drive international capital to grow our economy.

Moving forward, AACB will work closely with Minister Tehan as an advocate within Cabinet, to build on the role business events can play in growing key industries through sharing global expertise, nurturing collaboration, and fostering innovation.


Theodore Koumelis

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.