Morrison government flags incentives for Australians to take domestic holidays to save tourism industry

The Morrison government is designing a support package for the tourism sector that might include consumer incentives to take holidays in some Australian regions to offset the loss of revenue from international visitors. Load Error He said the government’s objective in developing the assistance package was crafting stimulus measures to offset the revenue loss from overseas visitors given the international border was likely to remain closed for some time. “Now whether we can actually get people to do that, whether it is in the right places and the right regions and the same business is part of the challenge, and what we are working through right now.” While arguing tourism was a special case, Birmingham suggested if jobkeeper were to be extended in the sector, it would not be in its current form. Birmingham said the best way to drive economic recovery in the tourism sector was to try and normalise trading conditions and that was becoming more possible with the reopening of state borders.