Exclusive: When Carol met Malcolm…

Planes, training and automobiles were on the agenda when Carol Giuseppi met the Australian prime minister.

The Tourism Accommodation Australia CEO told Accomnews she raised major issues affecting the accommodation and tourism sectors with PM Malcolm Turnbull at a recent Sydney event.

“We touched on the plans for the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, the industry’s labour and skills shortage and the federal government investment in transport infrastructure,” Ms Giuseppi said.

[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”27469″ align=”left” padding=”10″]“The Prime Minister is extremely knowledgeable on tourism matters and it was great to have the opportunity to catch up with him and quickly raise matters of concern to TAA members.”

TAA recently welcomed the federal budget, saying it was a “good news story for tourism with a range of important measures in investment, productivity and skilled training” that would boost the sector.

Ms Giuseppi has also praised the government in recent days over measures taken to improve the travel experience of international tourists – especially from the Asian markets – noting Australia is now one of the most competitive countries internationally when it comes to visa processing times.

The government’s bilateral air agreement with India and Open Skies agreement with China are other recent developments which have found favour with the leading industry body.

“It is these initiatives that assist in driving increases in visitor numbers,” said Ms Giuseppi.

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