Govt urged to bridge tourism infrastructure shortfall

By Paul McBeth | Thu, 12 Dec 2019


Local councils need to make better use of central government tools to make sure tourism infrastructure is up to scratch, according to the Productivity Commission.Record levels of international tourism have stretched facilities up and down the country, however, those visitors more than pay their way, contributing about $1.7 billion to the government coffers from GST on the roughly $16 billion they spend each year.“This greatly outweighs estimates of costs that these tourists impose on councils and national services that they do not otherwise pay...