30 January 2009

Australian mining towns looking to tourism for income

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Experts have warned mining towns in remote parts of Australia to diversify their income base while they are feeling the effects of the global recession, reports ABC News.

As the mining industry is suffering from job losses, regional development specialist Peter Kenyon said local communities that rely on the income from mining need to expand their opportunities so they do not suffer indirectly from the global financial slowdown.

Kenyon suggested tourism would be a viable option to keep the communities afloat.

"Tourism ain't a Mickey Mouse industry.  It is actually the world's biggest industry," he says.

"It is an industry that many, many country towns across Australia have actually embraced, alongside a whole pile of other options."

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