No love lost for Labor

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Shadow Minister Bob Baldwin Shadow Minister for Tourism Bob Baldwin said the Labor Government had failed to consult the tourism industry on its increase in the Passenger Movement Charge (PMC), highlighting a mismanagement of funds.This week’s Senate Estimates hearing has highlighted the contrast between the Government and Coalition with respect to tourism.Mr Baldwin said Labor had “broken its promise” in regards to increasing the PMC, while the Coalition had worked with the tourism industry in May to defeat the planned indexation.The PMC now stands at $55, indicating a rise of $8 by the Labor Government, with periodic increases forecast for the future.Opposition Leader Tony Abbott assured the tourism industry that “you will never find, from the next Coalition government, changes being sprung on you that we haven’t talked through because that’s not how adult governments operate.”Australia registered a decline in arrivals from its largest inbound market, New Zealand, over the past two months.Mr Baldwin and Tourism Accommodation Australia suggest the decline in visitation from New Zealand is linked to the recent increase in the PMC in the 2012/13 Federal Budget.last_img read more