8602.0 - Tourism Newsletter, Aug 2007  
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Federal Budget 2007-08
  • Major Boost For Tourism Funding
    The Australian Government will invest $193.3 million in tourism over the next four years. Funding for Tourism Australia will be maintained at the increased level originally announced in the Tourism White Paper. The $193.3 million will be used to encourage more international tourists to visit Australia and strengthen domestic tourism.
  • Tourism In Drought Affected Areas To Be Encouraged
    Tourism in drought affected areas will be encouraged with a new $10 million tourism initiative over the next two years. (Source: http://www.industry.gov.au/ )
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Tourism Action Plan on Climate Change
A Tourism Action Plan on Climate Change is being initiated by Tourism Minister Fran Bailey to assess the impact of climate change on tourism and develop adaptation strategies in consultation with the tourism industry and State Tourism Ministers.

This initiative is a result of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) adoption of the Climate Change Adaptation Framework (328.06 Kb pdf), which identified tourism as one of the most vulnerable sectors. (Source: http://www.minister.industry.gov.au)
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2007
The Australian Government is hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in 2007. From January to September 2007 Australia will host a series of APEC meetings focusing on areas of interest to the nation, with over 100 days of ministerial, officials-level and business-group meetings held across the country.

The APEC Australia 2007 ™ year culminates with the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (AELM). At the conclusion of discussions, leaders will issue the APEC Economic Leaders Declaration, which will contain the shared views of leaders and set the strategic directions for APEC for the next year. In total, 15 Australian Government agencies will take part in policy, organisational, logistics and security planning for the meetings. (Source: http://www.apec2007.org/)

International Workshop on Tourism Statistics
The joint United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) / United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) workshop on tourism statistics was conducted in July 2006 in Madrid. The workshop focussed on the revision of Recommendations on Tourism Statistics (770.34 KB pdf) approved by the 27th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in 1993 and issued jointly by the UN and the UNWTO in 1994. The revised Recommendations will be submitted to the 39th session of the Commission (March 2008) for approval. At the same session, the Commission is expected to have before it the revised text of Tourism Satellite Account: Recommended Methodological Framework(752.73 KB pdf)