The Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF) said the Federal Government’s Innovation & Science Agenda would help energise Australian entrepreneurism and support economic growth in the job creating industries of the future such as tourism.
“The Federal Government’s Innovation & Science Agenda is exactly the sort of partnership between government and the private sector we need to be cultivating to maintain and grow a competitive Australia in the post-mining boom economy,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.
“Science, technology and innovation are the forces that will shape the future of our economic success, we must embrace them and it’s a positive outcome to see the Federal Government starting to embrace this focus.
“Tourism in an industry that is driven by innovation and using cutting edge technology to improve the visitor experience. Market data analysis, bridging the linguistic/language divide and using virtual reality technology to experience a destination before you arrive have been significant examples of new technology being integrated into the tourism offering.
“This Agenda is a starting point. We need to continue the dialogue between industry and the government to expand this strategy to ensure we aren’t missing golden opportunities to support the creation of more jobs and national wealth.
“That’s why TTF joined with other industry groups in agribusiness, financial services, IT and international education last week to form the Future Economy Forum.
“We intend the Future Economy Forum to be a vehicle to allow the industries that will be driving the job creation and economic growth over the next two decades to work with the government to break down regulatory barriers and improve the economic environment – innovation is one of the six key areas we’ve identified as needing attention.
“We look forward to working with the Federal Government to implement this forward looking agenda.”