‘Attracting Aviation’ – a real plan for Gold Coast tourism

16 Feb 2012 3:08 PMJann Stuckey

16 February 2012

THE LNP has pledged to boost the State’s struggling tourism sector through a plan to attract more international and domestic visitors to the Gold Coast.

LNP Leader Campbell Newman said ‘Attracting Aviation’ was a practical policy to draw domestic and international tourists to the Gold Coast – part of the LNP’s vision to double overnight spending by tourists by 2020 and create 30,000 jobs for Queenslanders set out in our Tourism Strategy.

“The LNP is committed to getting tourism back on track,” Mr Newman said.

“Tourism is one of the Queensland economy’s four pillars and lifting tourist numbers is critical to growing jobs in this industry on the Gold Coast.

“The LNP understands tourism is a critical part of the Gold Coast’s economy and this initiative is targeted to help the LNP reduce unemployment to 4 per cent in six years.

“We’ll provide $8 million to attract new airlines and new routes to bring more tourists to Queensland destinations.

“We’ll work to ensure Queensland is positioned as the first choice destination for both international and domestic passengers,” he said.

Jann Stuckey, Shadow Minister for Tourism said ‘Attracting Aviation’ would provide funds for airports to pursue long-term agreements with existing and new airline carriers from key source markets to create incentives to attract new airlines and route business.

“This is about supporting a strong cooperative marketing strategy between airlines, regional tourism operators and Tourism Queensland,” Ms Stuckey said.

“This incentive-based support for aviation will be linked to outcomes set in key performance indicators for airlines.

“The growth of China and Asian markets offers significant opportunities to Queensland – especially with generation planes making connections between Queensland and Asian airports more viable. 

“Unlike the tired, long-term Labor government, the LNP is committed to growing a four-pillar economy with particular emphasis on tourism.

“The LNP understands tourism is a key employer and we’ll ensure regional route development is a priority, with airports such as the Gold Coast’s Coolangatta airport getting their fair share.”

“But you can’t have real support to attract international tourists to Queensland without a change of government.

“It’s time for change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track,” Mr Newman said.