Shadow minister meets tourism operators

TOURISM operators across Gippsland have briefed Shadow Tourism and Regional Development Minister Bob Baldwin on future opportunities and challenges affecting the local industry.

Mr Baldwin was in Gippsland last week at the invitation of Gippsland MHR Darren Chester.

Mr Chester said local operators raised issues directly with the man who could become Australia’s next tourism minister if the Liberal-National Coalition won the September election.

Mr Baldwin received a briefing from Destination Gippsland chief executive Terry Robinson.

Mr Chester said the tourism industry was a key employer and economic driver across Gippsland.

“Bob’s visit was a good chance for local tourism operators to raise their issues of concern and have their say on future tourism policies ahead of the upcoming election,” he said.