Tourism industry Boosts Australia’s Economy

The tourism industry makes the most contributions to the nation’s economy. It creates a large value to Australia’s goods and service.

Photos of Australia (tourists).
Taken and created by Tiffany.

Dr Vicki Peel, Monash university Senior Tourism Lecturer said, “It has been an absolutely growth in a particular for Australia despite the fact of the falling high Australia dollar.”

Australians prefer spend holidays locally rather than go overseas. They are willing to choose places such as Great Ocean Road or Gippsland, said Dr. Peel.

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Map of Great Ocean Road, and about distance to Melbourne City. Location name and icons added by Tiffany.

Photo of Great Ocean Road by Tiffany.

The foreign currency also contributes to the economy.

When the Australian dollar drops, it attracts Europeans and Americans come to the country for a long travel, said Dr Peel.

“Tourists coming in here, but they’re bringing foreign cash with them, we earn about 26 billion dollars worth foreign exchange a year,” said Matt Hingerty, Australian Tourism and Export Council CEO.

USA, UK and Japan are key markets for Australia’s tourism industry.

Holiday workers always come back to Australia for education or relationship. These people usually benefit the Australian economy in a long-term period, said Dr Peel.

CEO Hingerty said, making innovations for attracting tourists can increase Australia’s economy.

Australia can invest more tourists and focus more on international tourists markets such as China and India.


Who is Challenging Melbourne’s Public Transport System?

The public is unsatisfied with Melbourne’s transport system. They claim trains and buses always arrive late and the routes’ increasing crowds at peak everyday.

Graham Currie, Chair of Public Transport said, Melbourne has a large public transport network, the tram system is the largest over the world.

People live in suburbs usually live near to bus stops instead of train station, but there are few buses in some areas, said Professor Currie.

“The average frequency of buses in Melbourne few years ago… is about every 40 mintues.” said Professor Currie.

The timetables of Melbourne’s buses are inefficient. Trains do not run on time and only a low rate of buses run on the weekends.

Flinders Street Station, train timetables. Taken by Tiffany.

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Map of Flinders Street Station, symbols and names added by Tiffany.

Professor Currier said that Melbourne’s railways are 40% overloaded, many lines became old and trams are expensive and usually slow the traffic down.

The public also criticizes the inconvenience of transferring. Transport service in some areas is slack.

Daniel Bowen, President of the Public Transport Users’ Association, said when people travel to a close suburb they may need to “come all the way into the city, change services and go back again, rather than just crossing the suburbs.”

Floods threatening Greater Shepparton Residents

Flood in Greater Shepparton is reaching peak level threatening the residents. 

The flood levels in Broken river and Sevens Creek have reaches its peak, it cuts off Greater Shepparton residents living in low-lying areas and closures the road in Kialla Lakes area after the whole night.

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The SES announced the evacuation warnings in the Kialla Lakes and Taylor Estate area. The flood level in Mooroopna will achieve its peak at later night or early Tuesday morning.

Resisdents can seek help from the Council’s Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre 24 hours.