The WTTC is spearheading strategic priorities to support sustainable economic development within Australia’s travel and tourism industry. Underlying trend that travel and tourism in Australia is beginning to slow “Mexico held the G20 chair last year and President Calderón took our research on visas all the way to the meeting of the heads of state, where our industry was discussed for the very first time as a growth engine for the global economy and stimulator for jobs. “Policies for growth, the freedom to travel and tourism for tomorrow are three key areas in which Australia’s government and tourism industry must work together in order to move forward,” Mr Scowsill said. Australia is ranked 167th out of 184 countries in regards to long term growth in travel and tourism economic contributions; one of the lowest growth rates among the G20 countries. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has suggested Australia’s future government must place travel and tourism front and centre when hosting and overseeing the 2014 G20 summit. “There is an underlying trend that travel and tourism growth in this region is perhaps beginning to slow, probably through a lack of investment and certainly through a lack of government focus,” Mr Scowsill said. Addressing delegates at the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2013 in Sydney, WTTC president and chief executive David Scowsill suggested priority be placed on developing Australia’s travel and tourism industry. “Now think about next year; I would urge the new Australian government, whoever it is, to hold a meeting of the tourism ministers – a T20 meeting – as a formal part of the G20 process, in order to demonstrate a commitment to this under-developed industry.” “It doesn’t seem to make sense to me, when this country has so much to offer international visitors,” Mr Scowsill said. Mr Scowsill emphasised that “there is no other industry bound up in so much historical and governmental red tape,” when speaking about Australian aviation. Source = ETB News: P.T. Australia’s travel and tourism industry generates approximately 10 percent of the country’s total GDP each year, while supporting 12 percent of all jobs in Australia.