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Eurobodalla tourism review in the sights of Mayoral Candidates

Following considerable criticism of the way the Eurobodalla Council has managed Tourism over the past five years, especially in light of the closing down of the Tourism and Business Advisory committees set up to hear their inputs and concerns it comes as no surprise that the Meet The Candidate forum in Batemans Bay hosted by the Batemans Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and the Mogo Chamber of Commerce asked questions of Mayoral candidates. It appears that they were on the right track with news today that Australian Regional Tourism is urging the Government to better understand the needs of the people that they represent.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan, has released a proposed strategy for the visitor economy, THRIVE 2030 (The Re-Imagined Visitor Economy) and given four weeks to make submissions.

The strategy is intended to be the national long-term plan to rebuild and return the visitor economy to long-term sustainable growth. It includes actions for governments and industry.

“We are pleased to see the release of the anticipated Reimagining the Visitor Economy Report and consultation being sought from industry on the long-term strategy, but very concerned with the timing of this release said Coralie Bell, Chair at Australian Regional Tourism.

“This draft strategy should have been released two years ago, and to release it and restrict industry submissions to the four-weeks leading up to Christmas isn’t good enough. Tourism operators that have been crippled over the past two years are now heading into the summer season and focussed on getting doors open while navigating staff shortages during what is the most critical time to the industry”.

“If the government want genuine conversations and partnerships on developing the most important piece of work to enable tourism recovery and growth into the future, they really need to better understand the needs of the people that they represent”.

“We couldn’t be more disappointed with the mess created by this government in supporting the tourism industry back on its feet. It’s about time they got out of their bubble and into the regions to understand the difficulties being experienced in regional Australia right now”, she said.

Coralie said, “Industry calls on the Government to extend the consultation period well into the New Year to allow time for feedback from those that it most matters”.

"Australian Regional Tourism urges all regions to get involved in providing feedback on the strategy to ensure regional Australia is fairly represented within the strategy."

The "Welcome Back Canberra" was the initiative of the Batemans bay Business and Tourism Chamber in response to the confusing Covid19 Public Health Orders between NSW and ACT . The media interest increased to become national news , with the NSW Premier and ACT Chief Minister clarifying orders and allowing travel the next morning. This led to further interviews on TV, radio, social media and press.