Australia’s draconian carbon tax is another scurrilous cost burden on a struggling industry
ECM Plus +++ Speaking at the Australian Tourism Directions Conference in Canberra, David Scowsill, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) recognised Australia’s commitment to the promotion of travel and tourism, but attacked the carbon tax announced by the Australian socialist government yesterday.
Australia is now the seventh largest travel and tourism economy in the world and it is set to maintain this position over the next 10 years. International arrivals are continuing to grow and spending by international visitors in Australia has grown by around a third since 2005.
However, the WTTC stated that the government “needs to understand” the intense pressure brought to bear on the industry by “the imposition of ever-increasing and ever-diversified forms of taxation”.
It said the new carbon ‘tax’ that the government is imposing will “undoubtedly have a negative effect”.
WTTC’s Chief Executive Officer and President David Scowsill asserted: “Taxes should not be imposed purely as a revenue generating exercise for the central government.”
He added :”The Australian Government already makes $650 million per annum from the Passenger Movement Charge of $47 per passenger. It seems counter-productive to unilaterally impose a carbon tax as an additional burden to the industry, as it will mean inevitable price rises for consumers and a consequential dampening of demand for travel. I urge the Government to think very seriously about an initiative which would prove damaging to its Travel & Tourism industry and the wider economy.”