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Australia must use G20 to boost tourism: WTTC

8-Aug-2013 7:09 AM

World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) president and CEO David Scowsill, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, said (07-Aug-2013) Australia should use its 2014 G20 presidency to put travel and tourism in the global spotlight. He urged the Australian aviation and tourism industry to put pressure on the government to prioritise travel, tourism and aviation. Mr Scowsill also criticised the current government, as well as former Australian governments, for not prioritising travel and tourism, or understanding the industry’s economic impact. He said this was affecting the industry’s future prospects and contributing to slowing growth rates. He argued that during the hosting of next year’s G20 Summit, Australia should invite all the tourism ministers from the G20 to a special summit, where the impact of travel and tourism would be highlighted.