May 10, 2021 | By Joyce DiMascio

The Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) held a webinar with federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan last Thursday to discuss the road to recovery especially for the inbound sector.

The forum was a member-only event and is part of ATEC’s national program to find out what’s happening “on the ground”.

While ATEC is positioned as a tourism association it has always supported the business events sector’s advocacy as many of its members are dependent on it.

ATEC Managing Director Peter Shelley said the aim is to give the federal government a comprehensive understanding of what’s happening and what is needed to restart inbound travel.

“We will be taking the opportunity to visit each state to gather as much information as we can from our members including how they are travelling, what they need right now to survive, and what they will need to prepare for when our international borders finally open.

“Importantly, this tour will give us more information to feedback to the government and will inform ATEC’s agenda priorities and direction going forward.”

Shelley said the priority for the export tourism industry was to establish a framework for the resumption of international travel which will enable businesses to make important decisions about their operations.

ATEC will present its findings in a white paper to both the sitting government and the opposition at Tourism Australia’s Australian Tourism Exchange in June.