Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia, but there is growing concern about its sustainability.
The Commonwealth Government is looking at ways to improve the health and wellbeing of tourists.
The ABC’s Louise MacPherson investigates the problem.
Read more about tourism:Tourism Australia chief executive David McLean says the health risks are well understood.
“We know that we need to be vigilant in that we know when people are exposed to these risks that we don’t have enough staff to do that and we need more resources,” Mr McLean said.
The Government has committed $60 million in additional funding to provide health and support services to people who have travelled overseas and is now working with the Australian Travel Association to develop a national health strategy.
It’s been a tough year for tourism in Australia and Australia is currently ranked 15th on the world’s list of countries with the highest number of visitors.
We have a long way to go on the quality of our facilities and our service level, so we’re working very hard to get that right, Mr McLeod said.
“What’s important is that Australians understand what we are doing, understand that we are trying to deliver a good outcome and then get on with the business of enjoying this great country and the great tourism we have.”
What are the health issues in Australia?
A study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2016 found more than a quarter of people in the Australian Capital Territory (AC) had suffered from asthma, with more than 70 per cent suffering from it in a work place.
The study also found people in Sydney were the most at risk, with nearly three quarters suffering from asthma in the workplace.
More than 50 per cent of those surveyed had also experienced headaches or other symptoms of asthma.
Topics:health,health-administration,health,travel-health,airports,travel,travelers,tourism,australiaFirst posted January 07, 2019 12:41:20Contact Louise MacphersonMore stories from New South Wales