The Impact Of Travel And Tourism In Australia

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Introduction
The travel and tourism industry is one of the world's largest industries with a global economic contribution in 2016 alone of over 7.6 trillion U.S. dollars (Facts, 2017). Over the past six decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification to become one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world (http://www.e-unwto.org/doi/pdf/10.18111/9789284418145). With this exponential growth, there is a need to harness this potential to benefit all stakeholders involved, from local communities to global corporations. According to Tourism Research Australia (TRA), tourism in 2016 brought in over fifty-three billion dollars into the Australian economy (***fact sheet in Excel). While this represents over three percent of the total GDP of Australia, it is hard to delineate how much of this revenue is attributed to cultural tours and experiences provided by Indigenous Australians. For Indigenous Australians, this new avenue has potential to create job opportunities as well as revenue, but also may contribute to problems brought into effect by the mandating of professional standards. While latent prospects are present, the ability to balance between cultural preservation and mainstream Australia will prove to be a difficult undertaking.

For the first time, the state of Victoria and most states of Australia will have as its major focus the positioning of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism as an urban and accessible
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