State and territory tourism assistance: A zero sum game

by Christian Downie

This piece focuses on domestic tourism assistance and event attraction within the tourism industry of states and territories. While the taxpayer spends over $245m annually on assistances to the tourism industry there is very little return. The only reasons that states and territories engage in the industry is because it is perceived as a zero sum game. If one state no longer invests in tourism they lose in comparison to another state. This money could be spent more effectively on the state based level, and not simply favour one specific industry.

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