SENATOR THE HON. RICHARD COLBECK
MINISTER FOR TOURISM AND INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
LIBERAL SENATOR FOR TASMANIA
BRETT WHITELEY MP
LIBERAL MEMBER FOR BRADDON
Labor candidate for Braddon, Justine Keay, said on Tasmania Talks with Brian Carlton yesterday that "we have seen such a huge growth in numbers in tourism, but we are seeing sort of a disproportionate growth in the southern part of the state and we're not seeing that growth filter to the north, to the north-west."
This statement is completely false and betrays her utter ignorance of the tourism industry in Tasmania, indeed in her own backyard of Braddon.
The 'North West' tourism region, according to statistics from Tourism Research Australia's latest National and International Visitor Survey, has actually experienced higher or equal to growth in total visitor numbers, nights and expenditure (year ending March 2016) than 'Hobart and the South'.
This is typical of what we are seeing from the Labor Party at this election. At the 2013 election they did not even bother to develop a tourism policy, now they are throwing bucket loads of cash at any tourism proposal in town without understanding the details.
Let's hope Justine can get across the detail of Tasmania's tourism industry before Friday when Labor is rumoured to be launching their national tourism policy in Glenorchy.
Unlike the Federal Coalition Government and the State Liberal Government, the Labor Party has not done the hard work over the past three years to realise the current tourism industry growth. However, they are more than willing to jump on the bandwagon.
They are not interested in long-term policy measures that will actually drive future tourism growth and investment, instead they are focused on creating election campaign headlines for tomorrow's edition of The Advocate.