TTF Timeline

1989
1989

Hawke Government considers whether to build third runway at Sydney Airport amid local debate

Hawke Government considers whether to build third runway at Sydney Airport amid local debate

1989

Federal budget cuts marketing funds of Australian Tourist Commission (ATC)

Federal budget cuts marketing funds of Australian Tourist Commission (ATC)
1989

Australian Federation of Air Pilots launch national strike, crippling aviation and forcing tourists to use RAAF transport for domestic travel

Australian Federation of Air Pilots launch national strike, crippling aviation and forcing tourists to use RAAF transport for domestic travel
1989

Ted Wright hosts meetings of industry leaders at the Regent Hotel to discuss formation of a new industry lobby group

Ted Wright hosts meetings of industry leaders at the Regent Hotel to discuss formation of a new industry lobby group
1989

Tourism Task Force Ltd is launched with John Brown as founding Chairman and Susan Hunt its CEO

Tourism Task Force Ltd is launched with John Brown as founding Chairman and Susan Hunt its CEO
1990
1990

Bob Hawke is re-elected as Prime Minister and brings pilots’ strike to an end

Bob Hawke is re-elected as Prime Minister and brings pilots’ strike to an end
1990

Hawke Government announces deregulation of Australian aviation

Hawke Government announces deregulation of Australian aviation
1990

TTF seeks a post pilots’ strike marketing campaign to boost domestic demand and secures $23M for the ATC managed John Farnham Campaign

TTF seeks a post pilots’ strike marketing campaign to boost domestic demand and secures $23M for the ATC managed John Farnham Campaign
1991
1991

TTF submits policy paper on Tourism Investment & Taxation, calling for depreciation and amortisation relief for hotel investors

1991

Gulf War begins with the US-led coalition invasion of Kuwait Iraq

1991

CEO Susan Hunt leaves TTF to take up role as Marketing Director of Sydney’s Olympic Games bid, Kerrie Wood is appointed CEO.

1991

Paul Keating becomes Prime Minister after ALP Caucus vote

1992
1992

High Court hanPaul Keating launches his National Economic Plan and incorporates TTF’s push for accelerated depreciation on hotel fixtures and fittings and a 4% amortisation rate for hotels.ds down Mabo decision, recognising Indigenous native title.

1992

High Court hands down Mabo decision, recognising Indigenous native title.

1992

TTF membership meets to consider future of the organisation. Members agree to extend its charter and Christopher Brown is appointed CEO. Membership cap raised from 50 to 100.

1992

Kennett Government elected in Victoria and prioritises revolution of tourism and events.

1992

TTF hosts a General Meeting with Opposition Leader John Hewson to discuss concerns about Fightback! And a consumption tax on tourism.

1993
1993

TTF hosts inaugural Prime Minisrer’s Luncheon and secures Paul Keating’s support for Infrastructure Bonds as a mechanism for bringing private investment into transport projects

1993

Following Qantas takeover of Australian Airlines in 1992, the federal government sells 25% to British Airways.

1993

Keating Government abandons $5 Airport Arrivals Tax on foreign tourists after TTF campaign.

1993

TTF secures Foreign Investment Review Board approval for 10% resale of strata-titled rooms in refurbished hotels and resorts – leading to a surge in holiday apartment development.

1993

Sydney named host city for 2000 Olympics and John Brown appointed to SOCOG Board

1994
1994

John Brown secures US$10M from NBC for use in promoting tourism on American TV as part of Sydney Olympic broadcast rights.

1994

TTF heads off ATO plans to impose FBT on business travel and Gareth Evans’ ambitions for a global tax on airlines to fund UN operations.

1994

Hawke Government announces privatisation of Federal Airports Corporation assets.

1994

Sydney Airport third runway opens amid community outrage over aircraft noise.

1995
1995

Carr government election and planning for 2000 Olympics continues.

1995

TTF releases report championing enterprise bargaining in hotels when Liquor Trades Union opposes industrial flexibility.

1995

TTF and Macquarie Bank launch joint report on ‘Institutional Attitudes towards Tourism Investment’.

1995

Qantas privatisation by public float completed.

1996
1996

John Howard elected Prime Minister of Australia.

1996

TTF and Bovis release report on Tourism’s Transport Requirements.

1996

Paul Keating addresses TTF’s Prime Minister’s Luncheon to announce formation of ASX Tourism & Leisure Index.

1997
1997

Melbourne Airport becomes first privatised FAC asset, with sale to BAA-led consortium.

1997

Bob Carr announces a bed Tax to gouge Olympic tourists. A unified industry forces a back down.

1997

Asian Financial Crisis hits and TTF secures a $50M boost to ATC funding, and $5M from Queensland Premier Beattie.

1997

Kyoto Protocol is tabled and signed by most developed countries, but not Australia or USA.

1997

Pauline Hanson launches One Nation and calls for cuts to Asian immigration. TTF publicly attacks her policies and defend tourism.

1998
1998

Howard Government announces a Goods & Services Tax if re-elected, threatening tourism exports.

1998

Kevin Rudd wins seat of Griffith and gains attention for opposing parallel runway at Brisbane Airport.

1998

Leighton/Alstom consortium named as preferred proponent for Sydney-Canberra Speed rail with Qantas as operator.

1998

Bruce Baird resigns as Tourism Council Australia CEO, is elected as Federal MP for Cook, and soon establishes the Coalition Friends of Tourism.

1998

Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett begins privatisation of public transport network and named first recipient of TTF National Leadership Award.

1999
1999

“See Australia” domestic holiday initiative is launched after TTF secured cross-political commitment in 1998 Election.

1999

TTF celebrates 10th Anniversary with Gala Dinner and Paul Hogan as special guest.

2000
2000

First Leadership Summit held in Parliament House, Canberra.

2000

Australia leads millennium new year celebrations.

2000

Sydney Olympic Games are hailed as “best ever” by the IOC.

2000

Sir Richard Branson and Brett Godfrey launch Virgin Blue.

2001
2001

British Lions Rugby Tour of Australia

2001

World Trade Centre and Pentagon attacks on September 11. Global aviation is temporarily grounded.

2001

Ansett collapses and TTF negotiates Passenger Levy with PM Howard to fund tourism promotion and worker entitlements.

2002
2002

Bali Bombing at Kuta Beach kills 202 people, including 88 Australians.

2002

SARS pandemic in Asia.

2002

Melbourne hosts the World Masters Games.

2002

Leslie Cassar AM KSJ appointed TTF Chairman.

2003
2003

Membership cap lifted from 100 to 200 organisations.

2003

Tourism Task Force changes name to TTF Australia.

2003

Prime Minister Howard and Minister Joe Hockey launch Tourism White Paper.

2003

Australia hosts Rugby World Cup.

2003

TTF publishes the inaugural National Tourism Business Count Atlas estimating the number of direct tourism jobs and tourism dependent businesses in each Federal Electorate.

2003

Gulf War II commences with US-led invasion of Iraq.

2003

SARS threat hurts international tourism to and from Australia.

2004
2004

Bird Flu fears take over Asia.

2004

Boxing Day Tsunami in Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

2005
2005

Christopher Brown elected Chairman, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (Business Council) at General Assembly in Senegal.

2005

TTF launches Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

2006
2006

Melbourne hosts the Commonwealth Games.

2006

Australian Council for Infrastructure Development folds its operations into IPA.

2006

Cyclone Larry hits Tropical North Queensland, causing $1 billion damage.

2007
2007

TTF addresses Climate Change Summit in Canberra about impacts on tourism and the environment.

2007

TTF changes name to Tourism & Transport Forum Australia to better represent our transport members.

2007

TTF releases report highlighting convention capacity constraints in Sydney.

2007

Launch of TTF’s Natural Tourism Partnerships Action Plan.

2007

TTF tables Project X, detailing the decade of tourism decline since 2000 and calls for supply-side review.

2007

Kevin Rudd becomes Prime Minister of Australia.

2007

Sydney hosts APEC conference behind barbed wire fencing, threatening community support for major events.

2008
2008

$8B to establish Building Australia Fund is announced in the Federal Budget to fund infrastructure and public transport projects.

2008

Lehman Brothers goes into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, sparking the Global Financial Crisis.

2008

TTF convinces NSW Government to provide $43M funding boost for tourism and $90M for events after 12 month campaign.

2008

Kevin Rudd says sorry to the Stolen Generation of Indigenous Australians.

2008

Bruce Baird appointed TTF Advisory Board Chair.

2008

In response to Project X, Tourism Minister Ferguson announces National Long-Term Tourism Strategy Review, chaired by Margaret Jackson AC.

2009
2009

Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria kill 173 people.

2009

TTF commissions Geoff Carmody to report on Australian Tourism and the Great Recession and launches campaign about the impact of the GFC on Australian tourism.

2009

WHO declares Swine Flu outbreak a “global public health emergency” and arrivals from Asia collapse.

2009

TTF secures $36M commitment from Bligh Government and funding for Gold Coast Stadium during Queensland State Election.

2009

Expanded $1.4B Melbourne Convention Centre opens for business, with support of industry.

2009

Transport Minister Albanese releases Australia’s first Aviation White Paper.

2009

Sydney hosts the World Masters Games

2010
2010

Trade Minister Simon Crean announces $20M “Australia Unlimited” campaign following TTF calls for a Brand Australia Council.

2010

TTF helped secure major tourism funding wins for Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Fish Market and Three Capes in Tasmania.

2010

Rann Government in South Australia commits $500M to expand convention facilities

2010

ALP Caucus elects Julia Gillard as the nation’s first female Prime Minister.

2010

Labor narrowly retain office with support of independents after Federal Election.

2010

Both parties make multi million dollar tourism commitments during federal election campaign and each pledge $40M to extend Tqual scheme.

2010

TTF celebrates 21st anniversary with gala dinner.

2010

John Lee appointed TTF CEO.

2011
2011

In a widely predicted record-breaking victory the New South Wales Coalition, led by Barry O’Farrell, swept to power, ousting Kristina Keneally’s Labor government.

2011

Virgin Blue Airlines is renamed and rebranded as Virgin Australia.

2011

Millions tuned in around the world to watch Prince William marry his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton.

2011

Queen Elizabeth 2 makes her 16th visit to Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which was hosted in Perth.

2011

The President of the United States Barack Obama visits Australia to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance.

2011

North Queensland mops up after Cyclone Yasi and the Commonwealth Government announces $5.6 billion flood recovery package, to be managed by the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

2011

A magnitude 9.0 earthquake – the biggest since records began – hits off the coast of Japan, near the city of Sendai. The earthquake generated a tsunami.

2011

TTF holds a Queensland Flood Benefit Luncheon at the Hilton Sydney with all proceeds donated to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal and Queensland tourism operators.

2012
2012

New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell announces the Government’s New South Wales Long-Term Transport Master Plan which commits the Government to commencing construction on a light rail line from Central to Randwick before the next election.

2012

MOU signed between TTF and UITP ANZ to jointly organise the ‘Australian Transport Summit’.

2012

TTF’s primary research into the purchasing habits of Chinese travellers was instrumental in shaping the debate over duty free tobacco allowance changes. (AAW – Aviation)

2012

London hosts the Olympic Games.

2012

A carbon pricing scheme is introduced in Australia, setting the price of carbon at  $23 per tonne of emissions they produce in the 2012–13 financial year.

2012

The world’s largest network of protected marine parks in offshore waters is announced by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke.

2012

Anna Bligh’s Queensland Labor government is defeated heavily, with the Liberal National Party led by Campbell Newman winning the largest parliamentary majority in the state’s history

2013
2013

Kevin Rudd defeats Julia Gillard in an Australian Labor Party leadership spill and reclaims the Prime Minister’s role he lost to her a 2010 leadership challenge.

2013

Ken Morrison appointed Chief Executive Officer.

2013

TTF championed the expansion of the Working Holiday Maker scheme and promoted the importance of 457 visas to tourism.

2013

The Tony Abbott Led Liberal- National Party Coalition is elected to power federally in a landslide victory over the Rudd Labor Government.

2013

British and Irish Lions tour Australia

2013

TTF continued to work with the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand to make travel between Australia and New Zealand easier for visitors.

2013

TTF develops ‘Built Heritage & the Visitor Economy’ paper highlighting the role of heritage assets in growing tourism.

2013

Former South African President and civil rights activist Nelson Mandela who was responsible for the end of apartheid in his country dies.

2014
2014

Sydney and the rest of the nation were in shock after the Lindt Café siege – the first terrorist attack on home soil – claims the lives of two hostages and the perpetrator of the attack.

2014

Secured a Federal Government commitment not to raise the passenger movement charge (PMC) in this parliament.

2014

TTF championed franchising to promote opportunities for the private sector in the delivery of public transport.

2014

Successfully campaigned for tourism to be included in the cabinet-level Trade portfolio.

2014

John O’Sullivan appointed Managing Director of Tourism Australia.

2014

The NSW Government announces the introduction of laws to prevent “one-hit punches “in an effort to curb alcohol-related violence in Sydney. The laws included expanded Sydney CBD lockouts provisions.

2014

The Federal Government confirms Badgerys Creek as the site for the Second Sydney Airport, referring to it as the Western Sydney Airport

2014

Barry O’Farrell resigns as Premier of New South Wales after giving misleading evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption. Mike Baird is elected the new Premier.

2014

38 Australians are confirmed as among the 300 people killed on board killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which crashed in Eastern Ukraine near the Russian border.

2014

Gough Whitlam, Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, dies at the age of 98.

2014

Margy Osmond appointed Chief Executive Officer and Katie Lahey AM appointed Chair.

2014

The Victorian Labor Party led by Daniel Andrews defeats the incumbent Coalition government of Denis Napthine—the first defeat of a one-term government in Victoria since 1955.

2015
2015

Malcolm Turnbull is elected Leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister ousting incumbent Tony Abbott

2015

Successfully advocated for increased tourism marketing funding in New South Wales and Queensland, including a substantial boost to major events funding.

2015

Successfully campaigned for joint visitor visas with New Zealand for visitors attending the ICC Cricket World Cup and a commitment from the Australian Government to examine a continuation of joint visitor visas.

2015

Secured a commitment from the QLD Government not to introduce a ‘bed tax’.

2015

Launched the TTF L.E.K. Consulting Public Transport Barometer – a review of key public transport Indicators for Australia

2015

Secured a commitment from the NSW Government to develop an integrated tourism and transport plan for New South Wales.

2015

The Queensland Labor Party led by Annastacia Palaszczuk forms a minority government with the support of an independent MP ousting the Campbell Newman led LNP after just one term in Government.

2015

Australia signs the Paris Climate Change Accord – a global climate change agreement committing 195 countries to reducing carbon emissions struck at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

2015

The centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign is commemorated on Anzac Day.

2016
2016

Destination NSW establishes six new Destination Networks across the State to support regional visitation.

2016

TTF secured 10 year multiple entry visa for Chinese travellers.

2016

TTF secured three year multiple entry visa for Indonesian travellers.

2016

Additional tourism and events funding from the New South Wales Government to a record total of $176 million secured by TTF.

2016

TTF achieved a funding commitment from the Victorian Government for the expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, to ensure it remains competitive domestically and internationally.

2016

The world is left agape after Britons vote to quit the European Union – Brexit.

2016

Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump causes more shockwaves around the world winning the 2016 United States Presidential election beating former First Lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de Janeiro – the first time that the event had been hosted in South America

2016

The Turnbull Government gives the green light for construction of Sydney’s long-awaited second airport at a site at Badgerys Creek in western Sydney.

2016

Visit Victoria formed out of Tourism Victoria, Victorian Major Events Company and the Melbourne Convention Bureau.

2017
2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie devastates resort islands in the Whitsunday group including Hamilton and Daydream Islands, as well as the towns of Airlie Beach and Proserpine.

2017

TTF delivered a major report on ‘Unlocking our Great Outdoors’ – an evaluation of the value of visitor spending in National Parks.

2017

TTF releases “Fast Forward: Streamlining Trans Tasman Air Travel”

2017

TTF delivered a major report ‘The Future of Mobility’, outlining the challenges and opportunities presented by the new technologies and service delivery models and the potential implications for transport decision makers.

2017

Secured a legislated five-year freeze on the Passenger Movement Charge, effective from July 2017.

2017

Negotiated a reduction in the proposed backpackers tax with the cross bench in the Australian senate.

2017

TTF delivered a major report ‘Tourism: Supercharging Australia’s Future’ highlighting the overall impact the tourism industry has on our economy.

2017

The Labor Party led by Mark McGowan defeats the Colin Barnett Liberal government of Colin Barnett in Western Australia.

2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull makes a controversial decision to scrap the 457 visa program, citing that Australians should come before overseas workers

2017

Tourism Australia celebrated 50 years since the Australian Government established Australian Tourist Commission, which later became Tourism Australia.

2017

The Australian parliament votes to legalise same-sex marriage making Australia the 25th country to do so.

2017

Gladys Berejiklian elected unopposed to become the Leader of the NSW Liberal Party and the State’s Premier following the resignation of Mike Baird.

2017

A lone gunman commits the deadliest gun crime in American history, opening fire on a crowd at a music festival in Las Vegas killing 58 people, with another 500 or so injured.

2018
2018

Scott Morrison chosen by the Liberal Party room as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister after Malcolm Turnbull is ousted as Leader.

2018

The SA Liberal Party led by Steven Marshall wins the 2018 South Australian state election, defeating the Labor Party and incumbent Premier Jay Weatherill.

2018

Scott Morrison chosen by the Liberal Party room as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister after Malcolm Turnbull is ousted as Leader.

2018

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is held at St George’s Chapel, England, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion.

2018

Tourism Australia kicked off $36 million marketing push into US with Crocodile Dundee campaign, increasing US inbound visitation to Australia

2018

The Victorian Labor Government and Premier Daniel Andrews are re-elected to Government with an increased majority in a surprise victory over the Coalition. 

2018

TTF secured the expansion of the Opal Card network to private ferry operators.

2018

TTF successfully advocated for a funding commitment from the Queensland Government to progress Brisbane’s Cross River Rail project

2018

TTF secured funding from the Queensland Government to progress the development of a business case to extend the Gold Coast Light Rail from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads, and ultimately to the Gold Coast Airport.

2018

The Gold Coast hosts the Commonwealth Games.

2018

Same sex couples are legally able to exchange vows in Australia from January 9, 2018.

2018

Qantas launches direct non-stop Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights between Perth Airport and Heathrow Airport, making it the first commercially non-stop service between Australia and the United Kingdom.

2018

Sydney Hosts the Invictus Games.

2019
2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May resigns after failing to get a Brexit deal through the House of Commons for a fourth time. She is succeeded by former London Mayor Boris Johnson.

2019

Climbing Uluru is banned by authority of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park board.

2019

A major fire engulfs Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, resulting in the roof and main spire collapsing.

2019

TTF turns 30.

2019

The first non-stop commercial airline flight from New York to Sydney was completed by Qantas

2019

Scott Morrison leads Coalition to victory in the Federal Election, for a third term, and Anthony Albanese replaced Bill Shorten as Opposition Leader.

2019

Gladys Berejiklian and the Coalition re-elected to Government making her the first popularly elected female Premier of NSW.

2019

Andrew McEvoy appointed TTF Chairman.

2019

TTF launches placemaking series of events.

2019

Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport turns 100

2019

Phillipa Harrison is appointed Managing Director of Tourism Australia.

2019

Melbourne is named as the first city outside of the US to trial Uber Air: flying taxis. The decision means test flights will begin in 2020 ahead of commercial operations from 2023 .