Tax-deductible holiday plan
HOW would you like your next Australian holiday to be tax-deductible?
Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the concept would help inject life into the struggling tourism sector, including the Whitsundays.
Mr Christensen took the proposal to Federal Parliament last week.
Tourism Whitsundays chief executive Peter O'Reilly said the concept would be a great benefit to domestic tourism.
"Over the past four years, domestic tourism numbers across the country have continually declined while outbound travel has significantly grown," Mr O'Reilly said.
"Australia's tourism destinations are up against cheap overseas holiday deals and a strong Aussie dollar, and the Whitsundays in particular has suffered over the past four years.
"This proposal is a great opportunity for Australia's tourism destinations to lure Aussie visitors back.
"Tourism Whitsundays has been working closely with the local industry to develop the proposal, as well as lobbying at state and national levels to gain wider support from the tourism regions of Australia for the concept."
In an effort to curb the number of Australians taking advantage of the high Australian dollar and holidaying overseas, offering tax incentives would keep more of the business onshore.
Mr Christensen said it would keep the local economy going and more businesses paying tax.
"In just one month's time, our tourist operators (who are really exporters) will be smashed with the carbon tax," Mr Christensen said.
"We have seen other export industries offered compensation for this toxic tax but tourism has received nothing to help them compete with overseas options.
"This may not be the best solution but it appears to be at least a solution and the tourism industry needs anything it can get right now.
"The Gillard Labor government delivered nothing but bad news for tourism in the budget and the carbon tax is just the starting point.
"Failing to invest in industry is failing to invest in the country's future and it is becoming increasingly clear that Labor and the Greens do not plan for any industry to survive."