Tax dodge plan gets thumbs up

THE Gympie Region and Cooloola Coast business communities have expressed hope, but not optimism, over comments by a federal Opposition MP that domestic tourism should be tax deductible, to compensate for the effects of the carbon tax.

"I wish him well," said a representative of both communities, Rainbow Beach Commerce and Tourism Association president Scott Elms.

Mr Elms, who is also a member of the Gympie Cooloola Tourism board, said he did not think the proposal, taken to Federal Parliament this month, would get up.

"But I certainly agree with it. He is right," Mr Elms said of the proposal for tax deductible holidays and its author, Mackay-based MP George Christensen.

Mr Christensen's Dawson electorate includes tourism hotspots along the Whitsunday Coast, including Airlie Beach.

Mr Elms yesterday predicted the carbon tax would have a marked effect on Cooloola Coast tourism, especially the large proportion of visitors who drove there.

"In the end, everyone's got to turn on a light bulb and someone has to pay the bill," he said.

Mr Christensen said his proposal would help counter the trend towards Australians holidaying overseas because of the strong Australian dollar and would keep businesses alive.

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