The Federal Opposition is accusing the Abbott Government of abandoning the domestic tourism industry, with potentially serious consequences for the mid north.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb has announced he will ask Tourism Australia to focus entirely on attracting international tourists.

Responsibility for domestic tourism will be handed to states and territories.

But Opposition Tourism spokesman Anthony Albanese said the domestic tourism industry is vitally important to regions like the mid north coast, and ca not be disregarded.

"That's code for cutting,' he said.

"That's code for removing the role of the national government from promoting tourism, as sector that employs more than half a million Australians, many of them in regional communities."

Mr Albanese said places like the mid north coast depend on domestic tourism it should be promoted by a national body.

"Where you need that national promotion, not just specific State and Territory promotion, is in encouraging domestic tourists to travel across interstate boundaries," he said.

"So whilst the States have played a role, there has been that national coordination - and that's been particularly important."

 

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