Australian tourism can promote local economic growth


The Australian tourism pushes the raising of the local economy.

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Australia attracts lots of outbound tourists in recent years. The outbound tourism from other countries stimulates the Australian economy.

Vicki Peel Monash University Tourism Lecturer said that due to the decreasing of Australian Dollar rate, the raising of outbound from China and India, along with the increasing of middle class individuals economy, so that lots of people are coming here.

Working holiday workers appearance did not cause local lose their jobs, but promoted local economic growth.

Dr Vicki Peel said that they are not taking jobs from Australian, they actually undertaking the job while local are unwilling to do.

Tourism also has a great contribution on foreign exchange.

Matt Hingerty Australian Tourism And Export Company CEO said, “Tourists coming here, but they bring foreign cash with them, we earn about 26 billion dollars with foreign exchange a year.”

Apart from that Australian universities combine the education to tourism that contribute to capital inflows to Australia.

“It is sort of bubble occurred in Sdyney Olympics around about that times … lots of universities established Master of Tourism,” Dr Vicki Peel said.


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Melbourne’s public transport system is inefficient


Melbourne has the one of the largest public transport systems in the world, but it runs inefficiently.


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“The huge Melbourne city only got few buses, the average buses frequency is about every 40 minutes,” Monash university Chair of Public Transport Professor Graham Currie said, “only 20% of all buses run on Sunday.”

However, people are not satisfied with the public transport system, because buses are often late at peak hours and weekends.

Public Transport Users’ Association president Daniel Bowen said it is over-crowded on tram routes; and many middle suburbs, and outer suburbs are lacking of services; as well as the service coverage into the major destinations in the middle suburbs is totally inadequate.

Melbourne has the most expensive fares for any Australian capital city’s public transport system, and the Myki price is still increasing in 2014, also passengers will lose their time on a two-hour pass.

Compared to the idea of free public transports, “90% of people said they want the new services … because the free fare is irrelevant,” said professor Graham Currie.