CONCERNS: Tourists might opt to travel elsewhere if the proposed ‘backpacker tax’ goes ahead.
CONCERNS: Tourists might opt to travel elsewhere if the proposed ‘backpacker tax’ goes ahead. JULIAN Smithaap

Cut taxes, boost promo funding, tourism urges Govt

THE tourism industry has called for the Turnbull government to freeze rises in the passenger movement charge, a tax on outgoing Australians that raises about $1 billion a year.

In its pre-budget submission, the Tourism and Transport Forum - a heavyweight lobby group - has also called for a 29% boost to Tourism Australia's funding and cuts to visa application charges.

The group also urged the government to abandon its planned "backpacker tax" of tourists on working holiday-maker visas.

Calls to abolish the proposed changes have already been made by some regional councils, the National Farmers Federation and other agriculture lobby groups, given fears tourists may choose to travel elsewhere.

TTF chief Margy Osmond said as the nation's economy moved from mining to a greater reliance on services, it was the "right time" for the government to "back the tourism industry".


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