Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced his new Cabinet, with Julie Bishop appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Andrew Robb, as Minister for Trade and Investment, taking responsibility for international tourism.
Ian Macfarlane has been appointed Minister for Industry and Bob Baldwin Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, with domestic tourism falling under the industry portfolio.
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison said aligning international tourism with foreign affairs and trade makes good sense.
“TTF is pleased to see Tourism Australia positioned under the umbrella of foreign affairs and trade.
“This is a sensible arrangement which will ensure that tourism is considered in the decision making around Australia’s foreign policy and acknowledges the gateway role that tourism plays in helping foster international relationships for business, education and investment.
“Economic diplomacy of this type will help to drive synergies in the promotion of Australia as an international destination, leveraging the activities of other Australian agencies in key source markets.
“While the mining investment boom may be waning, the people boom is just beginning and Australia is well-positioned to capitalise on growing demand in Asia for international travel.