Pre-COVID-19, TIA recognised that significant public and private investment in infrastructure was required to support growth and the long-term sustainability of the industry.
With a significant drop in visitor demand and a high likelihood of under-utilised assets (public and private) the short-term infrastructure requirement going forward is unclear. TIA will monitor where infrastructure deficits are occurring and advocate accordingly.
There is a risk that business closure or hibernation will damage the visitor economy and the visitor experience. TIA supports the government’s Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme and favours an ongoing central government infrastructure fund of sufficient scale to assist business recovery.