Seasonal Workers positive for tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Seasonal Workers good for tourismIMAGE SOURCE: The Federal Government has announced an expansion of the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme to include Islands Samoa, Solomon, Tuvalu and Nauru.The Australian Government also announced that it will implement a small scale trial with Tourism employers in Broome, Western Australia with workers from East Timor. Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC) managing director Felicia Mariani said the decision is welcome news to the tourism industry.“This announcement is a positive move towards helping the industry to get the labour and skills it needs, particularly in regional areas,” Ms Mariani said.The Pilot is subject to an independent evaluation that will report to Government which will examine whether the Pilot has contributed to Pacific regional economic development objectives and if the horticultural industry have benefited from an increased labour supply.“While this is a pilot scheme benefiting operators in Broome, ATEC is pleased to see the Government has recognised the needs of the industry and is looking at new and sustainable ways to meet our labour requirements,” Ms Mariani said.Ms Mariani said the tourism Industry directly employs more than half a million people, however was experiencing a major labour and skills shortage as a result of the mining boom.ATEC has called for changes to the Working Holiday Maker Visa to include extending the definition to allow travellers to stay an extra year in return for working in a regional areas, an increase in the age limits and allowing young people to apply for the visa a second time.“Australia’s tourism industry is suffering from enormous labour and skills shortages which schemes such as the Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot and an extension of the Working Maker Visa can help to ameliorate,” Ms Mariani said.last_img read more