In an effort to stop an increase on the passenger movement tax (PMC), AFTA along with several travel and tourism industry organisations are mounting a campaigning sending the message the increase is unwelcome.
Beginning with advertisements that will appear in national newspapers, this is the first time a serious public campaign has been launched by the travel and tourism industry on the issue of taxes.
Showing solidarity of purpose and a united front to the Government, the message put out there is that the industry does not appreciate being treated like a door mat.
Due to be voted upon on June 18th in Federal Parliament, the PMC increase and proposed CPI indexing handed down in the budget came as a surprise to industry members.
AFTA chief executive Jayson Westbury stands strong against the Australian Government, warning that the travel and tourism industry cannot be underestimated in its resolve to make a point.
The travel and tourism industry has been very polite in the past when working with the Government on a range of issues and it is important to have a two way relationship that works, Mr Westbury explained.
Pointing out that the industry was told by the Tourism Minister in a meeting prior to the Australian Tourism Awards in Cairns this year that the PMC would not be increased, Mr Westbury commented on the PMC increase saying when the budget was handed down, with no notice or consultation the exact opposite was in fact the truth. This is not a two way relationship.
The Australian Federation of Travel Agents Limited, Level 3, 309 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
AFTA is encouraging members to write to their local federal members using the advertisement letter as a template and this can be down loaded from the www.afta.com.au website.
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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W