Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will address the Canberra Aviation and Corporate Travel Summit on Wednesday (March 15), outlining Government policies designed to support growth.

Tourism is recognised as a key driver of the Australian economy, and Mr Pitt will talk about the Government’s efforts to build a sustainable platform for future expansion.

“We are putting measures in place now to help create the best market conditions for the development and future successes of our tourist sector,” Mr Pitt said.

“Ongoing collaboration with the tourism industry will be a priority and I’m looking forward to speaking with industry representatives at this week’s conference.”

Alongside measures supporting investment and training to address skill shortages, the Government is working to make it easier for travellers to come to Australia from key markets such as China.

A new air services agreement will allow unlimited flights to and from points in Australia and China, including international airports in regional Australia.

Together with streamlined visa arrangements, additional flights will underpin growth in a tourist market already worth more than $9 billion.

“Enhancing aviation connectivity is also crucial to capitalising on openings such as The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA),” Mr Pitt said.

“That’s because increased flights facilitate international visitor movement.

“The commencement of international flights at Canberra Airport is an exciting development in this regard, driving growth in jobs, tourism and trade for the region's economy.

“Exporters of perishable and high-value goods, for example, stand to benefit significantly also from more direct routes to market.”

Business travellers are an important market segment nationally, spending twice as much, on average, as leisure travellers.

In the year ending September 2016, expenditure in Australia by business travellers reached $1.8 billion, with arrivals of 808,000 for the same period.

“Business travellers also help to facilitate improved people-to-people linkages,” Mr Pitt said.

“This promotes the development of strategic business partnerships, which in turn generate higher levels of trade and investment.”

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