Tourism Australia response to Qantas

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2012-11-28 — / — Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy said the Tourism Australia Board is appointed and reports to the Federal Minister for Tourism.

Mr McEvoy said Tourism Australia had a strong governance framework and the Tourism Australia Board will consider the matter of Qantas’ suspension of future activities later today.

Mr McEvoy said Qantas will continue to work in partnership with Tourism Australia for G’day LA / G’day USA (January 2013) and the Australian Tourism Exchange (April 2013 – Sydney) events, but will review other programs.

The current Tourism Australia / Qantas partnership agreement is due to expire on 30 June 2013.

“Qantas is the longest-standing marketing partner of Tourism Australia, and both organizations have worked for decades in a professional, collaborative and overwhelmingly supportive manner, all in the common best interest of Australian tourism,” Mr McEvoy said.

Tourism Australia remains committed to working with its key tourism partners globally, including 20 airlines, state and territory tourism organisations and over 400 other industry players,  to drive tourism demand for Australia.

For the year ending September 2012, Australia received a record 6 million international visitors with continued growth from Asia and a return to growth from the USA, Japan and other key global markets. Domestic tourism has also had five straight quarters of growth, while outbound travel by Australians has slowed to its lowest levels in years.



Tourism Australia
Simon Westaway
General Manager Corporate Affairs and Strategy
P. 02 9361 1319

Tourism Australia
Leo Seaton
Media Relations Manager
P. 61 2 9361 1363